croak·​er | \ ˈkrō-kər How to pronounce croaker (audio) \

Definition of croaker

1 : an animal (such as a frog) that croaks
2 : any of various fishes and especially the drums that produce croaking, drumming, or grunting noises
3 slang : doctor

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Recent Examples on the Web By the middle of the 20th century, overfishing had decimated the species, so maw traders turned to the next best source, an equally giant Mexican croaker called the totoaba. Adam Elder, Wired, 16 Apr. 2020 In the 1930s, Chinese fishermen started landing huge catches of a giant croaker fish called the bahaba. Adam Elder, Wired, 16 Apr. 2020 Commonly caught fish include croaker, perch, speckled trout, sheepshead, sand trout, gafftop and bull reds. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 Smaller reds should also be more active on oyster bars and creek mouths—live shrimp is best for the keeper-size fish, while croakers and other baitfish get the big ones. Frank Sargeant, al, 4 Oct. 2019 Live croakers or mullet are a sure thing but big jigs and swimbaits also do the job for these fish, which average 20 pounds and up. Frank Sargeant, al, 13 Sep. 2019 The catch has normally included mackerel, bass, halibut, croaker and rock fish. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2019 Reds will remain active on the bars and off the beaches—live croakers or other baitfish lure the big ones, while the keeper-size fish are readily caught on shrimp, quarter-ounce jigs or gold spoons. Frank Sargeant, al, 26 July 2019 Ocean fishing turns up perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon, shovel-nose guitar fish and sand shark — and on full moons in summer — bare-handed hunting for California grunion, which spawn on sandy SoCal beaches (fishing permit required). Roy M. Wallack,, 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of croaker

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Croaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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