- to utter a low-pitched, harsh cry, as the sound of a frog or a raven.
- to speak with a low, rasping voice.
- Slang. to die.
- to talk despondingly; prophesy trouble or evil; grumble.
- to utter or announce by croaking.
- Slang. to kill.
- the act or sound of croaking.
Origin of croak
Examples from the Web for croak
Contemporary Examples of croak
When Tony takes over Danny's body, his voice begins to croak and he shakes his pointer finger for emphasis.Imaginary Friends in Movies
May 5, 2011
And then I sit on a bench facing the grave and a raven says something in a croak a few steps from me.Robert Bolaño's European Adventures
April 28, 2011
Historical Examples of croak
Seven feet of earth, if you like, just to be able to croak on my back.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
All the same though, this cough won't do me the service of making me croak.
If you wanted to drink by yourself, you could croak by yourself.
He tried to cry out, but the effort resulted only in a croak in his throat.The Coyote
She touched it with her fingers; the frog did not move or croak.
- (intr) (of frogs, crows, etc) to make a low, hoarse cry
- to utter (something) in this mannerhe croaked out the news
- (intr) to grumble or be pessimistic
- (intr)to die
- (tr)to kill
- a low hoarse utterance or sound
Word Origin for croak
Word Origin and History for croak
early 14c., crouken, imitative or related to Old English cracian (see crack (v.)). Slang meaning "to die" is first recorded 1812, from sound of death rattle. Related: Croaked; croaking.
1560s, from croak (v.).