croak

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *croken, crouken, (also represented by craken > crake), back-formation from Old English crācettan (to croak) (also in derivative crǣcettung (croaking)), from Proto-Germanic *krēk- (compare Swedish kråka, German krächzen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂-k- (compare Latin grāculus (jackdaw), Serbo-Croatian grákati).

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Noun[edit]

croak (plural croaks)

  1. A faint, harsh sound made in the throat.
  2. The cry of a frog or toad. (see also ribbit)
  3. The harsh cry of various birds, such as the raven or corncrake, or other creatures.

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Verb[edit]

croak (third-person singular simple present croaks, present participle croaking, simple past and past participle croaked)

  1. (intransitive) To make a croak.
  2. (transitive) To utter in a low, hoarse voice.
  3. (intransitive, of a frog, toad, raven, or various other birds or animals) To make its cry.
  4. (slang) To die.
  5. (transitive, slang) To kill someone or something.
    He'd seen my face, so I had to croak him.
    • 1925, G. K. Chesterton, The Arrow of Heaven (first published in Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, Jul 1925)
      If Wilton croaked the criminal he did a jolly good day's work, and there's an end of it.
  6. To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.

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