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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog) [syn: croak, croaking] v
1: 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" [syn: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it] [ant: be born]
2: utter a hoarse sound, like a raven [syn: croak, cronk]
3: make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath; "she grumbles when she feels overworked" [syn: murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarl]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English croken, of imitative origin Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to make a deep harsh sound b. to speak in a hoarse throaty voice 2. grumble 1 3. slang die transitive verb 1. to utter in a hoarse raucous voice 2. slang kill II. noun Date: 1561 a hoarse harsh cry or sound croaky adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Croak Croak, n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(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

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. n. 1. Talk croakingly, talk hoarsely, mumble and groan. 2. Forebode, cry things down, be depreciatory, take a gloomy view of things.

Moby Thesaurus

air a grievance, aphonia, apprehend, artificial voice, beef, belch, bellyache, bitch, blare, blast, blat, blot out, bode, bray, broken speech, broken tones, broken voice, bump off, burr, buy it, buzz, cackle, call, carol, cash in, caw, chatter, check in, check out, cheep, childish treble, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, choked voice, chuck, clack, clamor, clang, clangor, clank, clash, cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo, complain, conk, coo, crab, cracked voice, craunch, cronk, crow, crump, crunch, cuckoo, die, do in, drawl, drop off, drum, dysarthria, dyslalia, dyslogia, dysphasia, dysphonia, dysphrasia, erase, expire, falsetto, fix, forebode, forewarn, fret, fret and fume, fuss, gabble, gaggle, get, give the business, go west, gobble, grind, gripe, groan, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grunt, guggle, gun down, harshness, have a premonition, have a presentiment, have it, hawking voice, hiss, hit, hoarseness, holler, honk, hoo, hoot, howl, ice, idioglossia, idiolalia, impairment of speech, jangle, jar, kick, kick in, kick off, kick the bucket, knock off, lay out, lisp, lisping, lodge a complaint, look black, loss of voice, lower, menace, mince, murmur, mutter, muzzy speech, nasal tone, nasalization, off, pass, pass away, pass out, peep, peg out, pip, pipe, pipe off, polish off, pop off, portend, preapprehend, quack, quarrel, quaver, raise a howl, rasp, register a complaint, roll, rub out, scold, scranch, scrape, scratch, scrunch, settle, shake, shove off, sibilation, sing, snarl, snore, speech defect, speech impediment, squawk, step off, take care of, take on, talk incoherently, threaten, tremor, trill, twang, tweet, twit, twitter, warble, warn, waste, whistle, wipe out, yap, yelp, zap

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