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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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 cry of various birds, such as the raven or corncrake, or other creatures.

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VerbEdit

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.
    • Shakespeare
      The raven himself is hoarse, / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan.
  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.
    • G. K. Chesterton
      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.
    • Carlyle
      Marat [] croaks with reasonableness.

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