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croak

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verb \ˈkrōk\

Definition of croak

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a deep harsh soundb :  to speak in a hoarse throaty voice

  3. 2 :  grumble 1

  4. 3 slang :  die

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to utter in a hoarse raucous voice

  7. 2 slang :  kill

Examples of croak in a Sentence

  1. We could hear the frogs croaking by the pond.

  2. The man could only croak his name.

  3. He tried to speak but could barely croak.

  4. He had a heart attack and croaked.

Origin and Etymology of croak

Middle English croken, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 15th century


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croak

noun

Definition of croak

  1. :  a hoarse harsh cry or sound

croaky

play \ˈkrō-kē\ adjective

1561

First Known Use of croak

1561


CROAK Defined for English Language Learners

croak

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verb

Definition of croak for English Language Learners

  • : to make the deep, harsh sound that a frog makes

  • : to say (something) in a rough, low voice that is hard to understand

  • : to die


CROAK Defined for Kids

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croak

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verb \ˈkrōk\

Definition of croak for Students

croaked

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croaking

  1. 1 :  to utter with a rough low voice “I need water,” he croaked.

  2. 2 :  to make a deep harsh sound frogs croaked


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croak

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noun

Definition of croak for Students

  1. :  a hoarse harsh sound or cry



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