Crossword clues for croak
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Croak \Croak\, n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.
Croak \Croak\ (kr[=o]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Croaked. (kr[=o]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Croaking.] [From the primitive of AS. cracettan to croak as a raven; akin to G. kr[aum]chzen to croak, and to E. creak, crake.]
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.
To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.
Marat . . . croaks with reasonableness.
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.
Two ravens now began to croak
Their nuptial song.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.).
n. 1 A faint, harsh sound made in the throat. 2 The cry of a frog or toad. ''(see also ribbit)'' vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To make a croak. 2 (context transitive English) To utter in a low, hoarse voice. 3 (context intransitive of a frog English) To make its cry. 4 (context intransitive of a raven English) To make its cry. 5 (context slang English) To die. 6 (context transitive slang English) To kill someone or something. 7 To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.
n. a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog) [syn: croaking]
utter a hoarse sound, like a raven [syn: cronk]
Croak may refer to:
- Croak, the sound that frogs make
Usage examples of "croak".
She shrieked to the ravens that croaked from afar, And she sighed to the gusts of the wild sweeping wind.
He tried to choke it back, but the muffled croak was enough to bring Alec from his alcove.
Across the level waters, not so many yards from the boat, Budda croaked once like a frog and pitched forward into the sea, carrying the torch with him.
The night was filled with the croaking of frogs, the cleek, cleek, cleek of the black necked stilt, the zi-zi, zi-zi of cicadas, the choc, choc of the crow blackbirds, and the many other night songs of various wild creatures.
The marshaling of the organelles, the development of the eukaryotic membrane, energy by ingestion, colonies, differentiation, the notochord, the brain, the first croak of distress, courtship, self-expression: the word has always been permanently restless, wanting only to repeat imperfectly, recast what it has been until then.
Betty had drawn back, and now, as the fishwife spoke, in a voice which she tried to render melodious, though it ended only in a croak, the Little Captain seemed to urge her chums away.
He called to Kiri but his voice was a quiet croak in the restless meadow.
Alarmed, the purple-crested loerie croaked in the clump of bamboo beside the eye of the spring.
The battle had been a shield-splitter and Magh Broin was a plain the ravens would long be croaking over.
The seventy-two languages born after the great confusion are ignorant of fundamental letters: for example, the gentiles do not know the letter Het and the Arabs are unaware of Peh, and hence such languages resemble the grunting of swine, the croaking of frogs, or the cry of the crane, because they belong to peoples who have abandoned the true way of life.
She heard him croak and Ratbag, mad with fear and bewilderment, came out from under the sink in a whirl of legs and rocketed out of the door.
The riverman also said that through mist he heard Millard Dee Grubs, now old, and sounding like the croak of a frog.
Bruce croaked a water-strangled reply and Ruffy came ploughing down towards him with clumsy overarm strokes.
Pete managed a croak, his limbs sagging as he gaped at the knife handle protruding from his chest.
It was the time of low Nile when all the land is baked like a crust of bread, when the creaking of the shadoofs and the singing croak of the sakkia are heard the night long like untiring crickets with throats of frogs.