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croaker

[kroh-ker]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that croaks.
  2. any of several sciaenoid fishes that make a croaking noise, especially Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croaker), found off the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.
  3. a person who grumbles or forebodes evil.
  4. Slang. doctor.
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Origin of croaker

First recorded in 1630–40; croak + -er1
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croaker

noun
  1. an animal, bird, etc, that croaks
  2. any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Umbrina roncador (yellowfin croaker), that utter croaking noises
  3. a grumbling person
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Word Origin and History for croaker

n.

"prophet of evil," 1630s, agent noun from croak (v.); a reference to the raven (cf. Middle English crake "a raven," early 14c., from Old Norse kraka "crow," of imitative origin).

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