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CROAK, v.i. [L. G. See Crow.]
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.
Croak Croak, n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.
(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
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