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croak

Definitions

  • A Raven cried "Croak!"
    A Raven cried "Croak!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v croak pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
    • v croak make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
    • v croak utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
    • n croak a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The golden tree frog has a croak that sounds like a mallet chipping rock, but in summer it sounds like a tinkling bell.
    • n Croak The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.
    • Croak To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually. "Marat . . . croaks with reasonableness."
    • Croak To make a low, hoarse noise in the throat, as a frog, a raven, or a crow; hence, to make any hoarse, dismal sound. "Loud thunder to its bottom shook the bog,
      And the hoarse nation croaked ."
    • v. t Croak To utter in a low, hoarse voice; to announce by croaking; to forebode; as, to croak disaster. "The raven himself is hoarse,
      That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan."
      "Two ravens now began to croak Their nuptial song."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • croak To utter a low, hoarse, dismal cry or sound, as a frog, a raven, or a crow: also used humorously of the hoarse utterance of a person having a heavy cold.
    • croak To speak with a low, hollow voice, or in dismal accents; forebode evil; complain; grumble.
    • croak To die: from the gurgling or rattling sound in the throat of a dying person.
    • croak To utter in a low, hollow voice; murmur dismally.
    • croak To announce or herald by croaking.
    • n croak A low, hoarse guttural sound, as that uttered by a frog or a raven.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Croak krōk to utter a low hoarse sound, as a frog or raven: to grumble: to forebode evil: to utter croakingly:
    • n Croak the sound of a frog or raven
    • v.i Croak krōk (slang) to die
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the primitive of AS. cracettan, to croak as a raven; akin to G. krächzen, to croak, and to E. creak, crake,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the sound. Cf. Crake, Crow.

Usage

In literature:

For us the croaking of the midnight owl hath ceased, and the time of the singing of birds has come.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
I know that only male frogs croak.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
Some muscle must have twitched, for he understood and leaped into the air with a croak of mortal fright.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
There was an icy silence, but Acton croaked remorselessly on.
"Acton's Feud" by Frederick Swainson
Come along, and don't listen to anybody's croaking.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
I do not like this croaking of these old owls of Saint Paul's when all is done.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
The nightingale was overcome with emotion at the generosity of the frog, and insisted on adding the crow and the toad as experts in croaking.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, April 4, 1917" by Various
Some ravens have always indeed croaked out this kind of song.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
He tried to call, to shout, but in vain; he could only croak, and this in the most dismal manner.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
Just as he was about to depart he thought he heard a rustling near him, and presently the croaking voice of the hag close at his ear.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Only the frogs seemed to be awake, and they were croaking away in the water.
"Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble" by Howard R. Garis
But Spinkie did not seem to perceive the necessity, for he clung closer to his master with a remonstrative croak.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Ravens fiercely croaked on all sides.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The ravens alone continued their ominous croaking.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Many notes were merely croaks; but "Oh, Dry those Tears" and "Rock of Ages" were quite recognizable.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
He goes to our Sunday-school and is fifteen, and croaks like a bull-frog.
"Mary Cary" by Kate Langley Bosher
Brought on that hemorrhage and croaked.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Pshaw, I had better stop croaking, and be up and about.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
In attempting to get frogs to croak regularly, I tested the effect of removing the brain.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
With a dismal croak, the faithless birch leaned slowly through the air.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
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In poetry:

"And I never larf, and I never smile,
And I never lark nor play,
But sit and croak, and a single joke
I have - which is to say:
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He gave the sign, and noisome flies
Through the whole country spread;
And frogs in croaking armies rise
About the monarch's bed.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
The raven croaks as Torksey's lord
Attends that bannered host;
But the lover is deaf to the omen-bird—
The fatal moat is crossed!
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Thyrde" by Thomas Cooper
"'Tis a dead spot, where even the light lies spent
To darkness!" croaked the Thing.
"Not if you look aloft!" said I, intent
On my new reasoning.
"A Meeting With Despair" by Thomas Hardy
A thaw dissolved the ice so strong,—
They proudly steer'd themselves along,
When landed, squatted on the shore,
And croak'd as loudly as before.
"The Frogs" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Raven croak'd as she sate at her meal,
And the Old Woman knew what he said,
And she grew pale at the Raven's tale,
And sicken'd and went to her bed.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey

In news:

Hop, skip and croak : Toads for a cause.
Frog species found in New York City has a croak of its own.
The green frog has been known to deceive eavesdroppers with its croak.
If you happen across a pond full of croaking green frogs, listen carefully.
An echoing croak in a pipe revealed a little frog in this week' s Photo of the Week.
A New Species in New York Was Croaking in Plain Sight.
The croak gave it away.
"I'm dying," I croaked through dry, cracked lips that felt so withered to the touch that they belonged on the face of a 3,000-year-old mummy hanging out in the desert.
The small frogs that croaked in Diane Butler's backyard pond had been silenced and her goldfish were disappearing.
But when Shrek's father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly croaks, that is exactly what he faces.
"He's been getting down with the new disease," croaks Doxies singer Tim Lloyd on "Kid Don't Know," a track off the band's just-released Weight of Gold LP.
Robert Croak, CEO of BCP Imports, which makes Silly Bandz, says he has no intention of selling the company: "This is way too much fun.".
"I can't have a serious relationship with someone who doesn't read," I croaked.
O-M-G, he'd be lucky if I hadn't had a heart attack & croaked.
As my brain locked, I croaked out this sentence to the old woman at the counter.
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