CROAK, v.i. [L. G. See Crow.] 1. To make a low, hoarse noise in the throat, as a frog or other animal. 2. To caw; to cry as a raven or crow. 3. To make any low, muttering sound, resembling that of a frog or raven; as, their bellies croak. 4. In contempt, to speak with a low, hollow voice. CROAK, n. The low, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.
I. verbEtymology: Middle English croken, of imitative origin Date: 15th century intransitive verb1.a. to make a deep harsh sound b. to speak in a hoarse throaty voice 2.grumble 1 3.slangdietransitive verb1. to utter in a hoarse raucous voice 2.slangkillII. nounDate: 1561 a hoarse harsh cry or sound • croakyadjective
n. & v. --n. 1 a deep hoarse sound as of a frog or a raven. 2 a sound resembling this. --v. 1 a intr. utter a croak. b tr. utter with a croak or in a dismal manner. 2 sl. a intr. die. b tr. kill. Etymology: ME: imit.
Croak Croak (kr?k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Croaked. (kr?kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Croaking.] [From the primitive of AS. cracettan to croak as a raven; akin to G. kr?chzen to croak, and to E. creak, crake.] 1. 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. --Pope. 2. To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually. Marat . . . croaks with reasonableness. --Carlyle.
Croak Croak, v. t. 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. --Shak. Two ravens now began to croak Their nuptial song. --Wordsworth.
(croaks, croaking, croaked) 1. When a frog or bird croaks, it makes a harsh, low sound. Thousands of frogs croaked in the reeds by the riverbank.VERB: V • Croak is also a noun. ...the guttural croak of the frogs.N-COUNT 2. If someone croaks something, they say it in a low, rough voice. Tiller moaned and managed to croak, 'Help me.'...She croaked something unintelligible.VERB: V with quote, V n • Croak is also a noun. His voice was just a croak.N-COUNT