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 *krāk- (compare Swedish kråka, German krächzen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂-k- (compare Latin grāculus (“jackdaw”), Serbo-Croatian grákati).
- (General American) enPR: krōk, IPA(key): /kɹoʊk/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: krōk, IPA(key): /kɹəʊk/
- Rhymes: -əʊk
croak (plural croaks)
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- (intransitive) To make a croak.
- (transitive) To utter in a low, hoarse voice.
- The raven himself is hoarse, / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan.
- (intransitive, of a frog) To make its cry.
- (intransitive, of a raven) To make its cry.
- (slang) To die.
- (transitive, slang) To kill someone or something.
- He'd seen my face, so I had to croak him.
- G. K. Chesterton
- If Wilton croaked the criminal he did a jolly good day's work, and there's an end of it.
- To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.
- Marat […] croaks with reasonableness.