croaker

noun
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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Examples of croaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fish a large jerkbait or a live croaker outside the bar for jumbo reds 20 pounds and up, or find them on Dixey Bar or at Sand Island Light. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Oct. 2021 The yellow croaker fish maw in the soup chef Eddy Leung had prepared for us on Tuesday tasted similar. Time, 17 Sep. 2021 Large redfish are also running along this bar, and can be caught on live croaker or other baitfish. Frank Sargeant, al, 27 Aug. 2021 Best bait is a live croaker, but plenty are caught on 8 to 12 inch soft plastic swimbaits on wide-gap hooks, as well. Frank Sargeant, al, 6 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of croaker

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of croaker was in 1648

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“Croaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/croaker. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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