croaker

[ kroh-ker ]
/ ˈkroʊ kər /

noun

a person or thing that croaks.
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.
a person who grumbles or forebodes evil.
Slang. doctor.

Origin of croaker

First recorded in 1630–40; croak + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for croaker

croaker

/ (ˈkrəʊkə) /

noun

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

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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