croak

verb
\ ˈkrōk How to pronounce croak (audio) \
croaked; croaking; croaks

Definition of croak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a deep harsh sound
b : to speak in a hoarse throaty voice
3 slang : die

transitive verb

1 : to utter in a hoarse raucous voice
2 slang : kill

croak

noun

Definition of croak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hoarse harsh cry or sound

Other Words from croak

Noun

croaky \ ˈkrō-​kē How to pronounce croak (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for croak

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of croak in a Sentence

Verb We could hear the frogs croaking by the pond. The man could only croak his name. He tried to speak but could barely croak. He had a heart attack and croaked.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For now, her two dogs, Wendy and Capitán, wait by the hamper; the roosters continue to croak; and a mother clutches her daughter’s photo in one hand and a rosary in the other. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Frogs croaked from a nearby ditch; birds trilled from the field’s edge. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, 9 May 2020 Curtains of Spanish moss hang limply from cypress trees; frogs croak from their lily pad perches, and lazy alligators float through backwater channels. Dallas News, 4 May 2020 Mono Lake in California has a huge population of frogs that normally croak in unison to keep predators from locating and targeting individual frogs. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2020 There are nearly 5,000 different species of frogs hopping, croaking, and swimming across the Earth of all different shapes and sizes. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 4 Apr. 2020 Cisco croaks as Wells wraps his hands around his neck. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 26 Sep. 2019 Watching from bare branches, ravens warbled and croaked. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, 24 Oct. 2019 Imagine the coniferous forests of the American West and you probably picture tall trees, forest floors littered with pine needles and pinecones, black bears, mountain lions, croaking frogs, and mountain blue birds. National Geographic, 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Soon, the croak of Atlanta’s very own Wizrd filled the studio. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 22 July 2022 Frogs croak, a skylark soars above all in dazzling pianistic glitter, grasshopper warblers rattle as their names suggest, and one reed warbler enters into a rapturous contrapuntal duet with another. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Morrissey, who had an unvarnished croak for a voice and a melodic style that was very much his own, once called to his roommate from another room. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2011 Bullfrogs croak and Yaqui topminnows wiggle through the pool once fed solely by natural artesian wells pulling ancient water from an aquifer. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Dec. 2020 The croak of thousands of invisible amphibians falls suddenly silent as the vets pass by on the way to Puntung's enclosure. Henry Nicholls, Scientific American, 30 May 2012 Bullfrogs croak and Yaqui topminnows wiggle through the pool once fed solely by natural artesian wells pulling ancient water from an aquifer. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Dec. 2020 Bullfrogs croak and Yaqui topminnows wiggle through the pool once fed solely by natural artesian wells pulling ancient water from an aquifer. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Dec. 2020 Bullfrogs croak and Yaqui topminnows wiggle through the pool once fed solely by natural artesian wells pulling ancient water from an aquifer. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of croak

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for croak

Verb

Middle English croken, of imitative origin

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“Croak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/croak. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for croak

croak

verb
\ ˈkrōk How to pronounce croak (audio) \
croaked; croaking

Kids Definition of croak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to utter with a rough low voice "I need water," he croaked.
2 : to make a deep harsh sound frogs croaked

croak

noun

Kids Definition of croak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hoarse harsh sound or cry

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