Definition of croak in English:

croak

noun

  • 1A characteristic deep hoarse sound made by a frog or a crow.

    ‘a female frog can pick out a mate's voice from a cacophony of croaks’
    • ‘When one frog calls, the others immediately join it in a concert of quacks and croaks.’
    • ‘It was the low rattling croak of crows hanging over us.’
    • ‘She finally reached a point where she could hear the voices over the sounds of the crickets and the croaks of frogs.’
    • ‘Keithran called out over the croaks of frogs, ‘Do we have to go this way?’’
    • ‘In the middle of war, it was a respite - the still of another desert evening, framed by the croak of frogs in the irrigation ditches, the snores of Marines all around me.’
    • ‘The auditorium was filled with barks, meows, quacks, clucks, hisses and croaks as more then 50 animals were judged on their sweetness, uniqueness, tricks, costumes, behaviour and appearance.’
    • ‘Their voices have the drunken croak and rumble of old crows.’
    • ‘The lands beyond are filled with a chorus of bleats and croaks and barks.’
    • ‘She doesn't remember the very first day the nightingale's song metamorphosed into a crow's croak.’
    • ‘In general, vocalizations are varied and include: trumpeting, whistles, twitters, honks, barks, grunts, quacks, croaks and growls.’
    • ‘The track ends with a nighttime snippet of what sounds like a frog pond - croaks, chirps, waterlogged crickets.’
    • ‘In some places it is primeval and wet, where streaky barked eucalyptus strive upwards through dripping mists alive with frog croaks.’
    • ‘Males are characterized by louder grunts, croaks or barks.’
    • ‘The noise was like the croak of a frog mixed with English.’
    • ‘Frogs have filled the night with croaks, yaps, grunts, chirps, trills, and warbles since the Age of Dinosaurs.’
    • ‘As the man says: ‘There's only so many bumps on a log, so many grunts in a hog, so many croaks in a frog… ‘Food for thought, indeed.’’
    • ‘My thoughts, however, stubbornly refused to cling to the issue and when a hoarse croak broke loose from high above me, I started violently.’
    • ‘Crickets sang in stereo and a distant croak of a frog interrupted the hum.’
    • ‘‘The guttural comment’ is the croak of the frog who is indignant at the trespass.’
    • ‘Then Corith's frog gave a croak and shot up pink gas from its purple spots that smelled faintly of cherry coke.’
    rasp, wheeze, gasp, bark, hack, cough
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    1. 1.1 A sound resembling a croak.
      ‘Lorton tried to laugh—it came out as a croak’
      • ‘I tried to sound in control and normal but all I could manage were hoarse croaks.’
      • ‘Having only a croak of a voice, I managed to screech out one chorus but apart from that was blessedly relieved from the pressure to sing.’
      • ‘He heard a hoarse croak and turned to his side.’
      • ‘I'm less impressed with the recent work, which is mostly a stony croak over monotonal and mostly inert melodies, but it's not all bad.’
      • ‘A second croak tore like a whip-lash through the silent forest.’
      • ‘Seventy-one years old and his nicotine-clogged croaks still make his legions of fans want to jiggle the old pelvis.’
      • ‘The question came as a hoarse croak from the corner.’
      • ‘‘I told you he would come,’ the croak of a voice sounded from behind her.’
      • ‘When the voice spoke, it was a hoarse croak, thunderous and deep.’
      • ‘His voice gave out on the final syllable, his distressed croak fading abruptly into an almost inaudible squeak.’
      • ‘My hoarse croak was in complete odds with her, happy, sedated voice.’
      • ‘He winced as if the words were somehow painful, and when he spoke, it was in a hoarse croak.’
      • ‘Her alien croaks and gurgles emanate from deep within her barely moving throat.’
      • ‘Her voice sounded like a deafened croak as she crouched by the girl's side.’
      • ‘My throat was so sore that it must have sounded more like a croak.’
      • ‘Much to my dismay, my voice sounded like a croak when I said, ‘Hi Alli.’’
      • ‘She tried to yell at him, but her voice came out sounding more like a croak.’
      • ‘Even when illness had shackled him to a wheelchair and reduced his voice to a croak, he never hid from his fellow man.’
      • ‘Her eyes widened and she wanted to scream, but her throat was suddenly dry and only a hoarse croak escaped her throat.’
      • ‘He was tired, his shoulder muscles have wasted, his clothes hung off him, the once great sonic boom of voice was reduced to a croak, but the legendary wit and warmth were still intact.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of a frog or crow) make a characteristic deep hoarse sound.

    ‘the frogs settled in the shade, croaking happily’
    • ‘Frogs croaked at intervals, and other night creatures scurried over the leaves.’
    • ‘Not too far ahead she could hear the sound of running water, and frogs croaking loudly in many different tones.’
    • ‘Frogs croaked in the ditches; cicadas shrilled in the fields.’
    • ‘The crickets chirped and the frogs croaked off in the trees.’
    • ‘There was always some sound to be heard; the chirping of crickets, bird songs, bullfrogs croaking, and the crunching of leaves and pine needles underfoot.’
    • ‘The frogs croaked a jovial tune; the flowers smelled perfect.’
    • ‘The open window let in the sound of evening frogs croaking in the nearby swamp.’
    • ‘Decades of spraying pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides had made sure that not even a frog croaks on a rainy night here.’
    • ‘Two years later, using wide-band recording equipment, Feng and his colleagues discovered that the frogs were also croaking in ultrasound - sound vibrations beyond the limit of human hearing.’
    • ‘Frogs and toads croak out a strange mating ritual in a concrete drainage ditch.’
    • ‘Ravens croak replies to the squeaks and cries of marmot and pika.’
    • ‘She produced a gorgeous tone on the lowest strings of her viola, in that dangerous zone on the modern instrument in which the viola can sound like a frog croaking.’
    • ‘Most of these sequences are dialog-free with nature sounds - birds tweeting, frogs croaking - overlaid for that vital au naturel feel.’
    • ‘A toad croaked in the distance breaking the eerie silence that haunted the halls of trees and earth.’
    • ‘Well, as peaceful as possible with a frog croaking nineteen to the dozen in the background, anyway.’
    • ‘On Brookfair, the nights were so clear and silent that you could hear the crickets chirping and every frog and toad croaking for their mates and you could hear cranes whooping and ducks going to sleep.’
    • ‘The frogs croaking in the lake were loud enough to drown out the performers.’
    • ‘She could also hear the frogs croaking on the nearby pond.’
    • ‘You know, if you say it enough times, it starts to sound like a frog croaking.’
    • ‘‘The frogs are croaking,’ reports my friend who lives out in the country.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) make a sound similar to a croak when speaking or laughing.
      with direct speech ‘‘Thank you,’ I croaked’
      • ‘Trying to speak once more she finally managed to croak out, ‘Are you hurt?’’
      • ‘Office etiquette nevertheless dictates that you must still croak down the phone when you ring in sick.’
      • ‘She croaked out her last laugh and then began coughing again into her rags.’
      • ‘‘Stop,’ the man croaked, holding up his hands in supplication.’
      • ‘‘I've got a cold, I feel terrible,’ he reluctantly croaked.’
      • ‘Byron found his mouth gummy and dry, and he barely croaked out a reply.’
      • ‘The President croaked a response as he wrote out an executive order.’
      • ‘‘Stop it,’ Nicky croaked in a break from vomiting.’
      • ‘‘My name is Sarah,’ she had croaked and then her eyes were closed again.’
      • ‘Laura finally managed to croak out a question, ‘What time is it?’’
      • ‘‘Yeah,’ Michael croaked, finding his voice at last, ‘I'm Michael.’’
      • ‘‘I-I'm fine,’ Arika croaked, finally finding her voice.’
      • ‘‘I have brain cancer,’ Andy croaked, very bluntly.’
      • ‘Aresanjura laughed, a harsh croaking sound like the death rattle from a blood-choked throat.’
      • ‘Disgruntled, for he'd been dozing, Scott croaked, ‘Seen what?’’
      • ‘Her brother croaked as he forced the words from his drying lips.’
      • ‘‘Alaster has been sighted, sir,’ he finally croaked.’
      • ‘He struggled to find words, stuttered a few times, and finally managed to croak, ‘What?’’
      • ‘Tell me everything you know,’ Crystal finally croaked out.’
      • ‘After a few moments of staring into his eyes, I finally managed to croak out, ‘Yeah… that's exactly what Aiden's like.’’
      rasp, squawk, caw, crow, wheeze, gasp, choke, hack, hawk, bark, cough
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    2. 1.2archaic Prophesy evil or misfortune, especially unjustifiably and to the irritation of others.
      ‘without croaking, it may be observed that our government is upon a dangerous experiment’
  • 2informal Die.

    ‘the dog finally croaked in 1987’
    • ‘He said that trains are going quite slowly when they enter the station, so people often take a long time to croak and are sometimes still alive when he arrives.’
    • ‘And all that the note told me of was that my great-aunt was ill and my parents didn't know where I was at the time, so they drove off to Wisconsin to go visit her, before she perhaps croaked.’
    • ‘There are few obituaries more heartfelt than the one HST wrote for Rolling Stone when Nixon finally croaked.’
    • ‘After Henry croaked, Katherine dropped the prim and proper act and married Thomas Seymour.’
    • ‘I'm not certain that I can, but if nothing else, I will now be bombarded with headhunters until the day I croak my last.’
    • ‘It took 'em 10 years to finally croak.’
    • ‘Whats more, one of my own favorite kitty cats, beloved and doted on as only a favorite kitty cat can be, recently croaked… I mean passed beyond!’
    • ‘Now he's croaked, maybe someone can pass a couple of boxes my way.’
    • ‘That means the husband probably croaked, and she still can't get over it.’
    • ‘And I'm sure glad you're back cause Mac would have been so annoyed if you'd croaked.’
    • ‘He croaked a year later.’
    • ‘Of course, annual species, like geraniums and impatiens, are supposed to croak every year after dropping their seeds.’
    • ‘I'm not in any way a Royalist, but I did feel like a right berk when I told others in the office that she's croaked, prior to looking in the content of the article.’
    • ‘Don't worry I'll say nice things at your funeral when you finally croak from all the stress.’
    • ‘Alexander croaked in his early thirties, I seem to remember.’
    • ‘And as the legendary Norwegian Blue Parrot, they are no more, deceased, kicked the bucket, expired, pushing up daisies, croaked, snuffed-it ex-blogs.’
    • ‘If all these people croak in 2005, I'm going to be annoyed.’
    • ‘I figured the remote's batteries had croaked mid-click.’
    • ‘Not because you won't drop weight, but because you'll croak if you eat if after you lose weight.’
    • ‘Every director knows that someone could croak during production, and no one gives it any thought.’
    pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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    1. 2.1with object Kill (someone)
      ‘there are a few people down there who'd like to croak him’
      • ‘I'll make sure the people who are won't get croaked and that's about it.’
      murder, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute
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Origin

Middle English (as a verb): imitative.

Pronunciation

croak

/krəʊk/