Definition of croak in English:



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

    • ‘In some places it is primeval and wet, where streaky barked eucalyptus strive upwards through dripping mists alive with frog croaks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keithran called out over the croaks of frogs, ‘Do we have to go this way?’’
    • ‘It was the low rattling croak of crows hanging over us.’
    • ‘Crickets sang in stereo and a distant croak of a frog interrupted the hum.’
    • ‘In general, vocalizations are varied and include: trumpeting, whistles, twitters, honks, barks, grunts, quacks, croaks and growls.’
    • ‘When one frog calls, the others immediately join it in a concert of quacks and croaks.’
    • ‘Frogs have filled the night with croaks, yaps, grunts, chirps, trills, and warbles since the Age of Dinosaurs.’
    • ‘The track ends with a nighttime snippet of what sounds like a frog pond - croaks, chirps, waterlogged crickets.’
    • ‘She doesn't remember the very first day the nightingale's song metamorphosed into a crow's croak.’
    • ‘Males are characterized by louder grunts, croaks or barks.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lands beyond are filled with a chorus of bleats and croaks and barks.’
    • ‘My thoughts, however, stubbornly refused to cling to the issue and when a hoarse croak broke loose from high above me, I started violently.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The noise was like the croak of a frog mixed with English.’
    • ‘She finally reached a point where she could hear the voices over the sounds of the crickets and the croaks of frogs.’
    • ‘Their voices have the drunken croak and rumble of old crows.’
    rasp, wheeze, gasp, bark, hack, cough
    caw, squawk, cackle, clack, cluck
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    1. 1.1A deep hoarse sound resembling that of a frog or crow, especially one made by a person.
      ‘Lorton tried to laugh—it came out as a croak’
      • ‘‘I told you he would come,’ the croak of a voice sounded from behind her.’
      • ‘My throat was so sore that it must have sounded more like a croak.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seventy-one years old and his nicotine-clogged croaks still make his legions of fans want to jiggle the old pelvis.’
      • ‘His voice gave out on the final syllable, his distressed croak fading abruptly into an almost inaudible squeak.’
      • ‘When the voice spoke, it was a hoarse croak, thunderous and deep.’
      • ‘A second croak tore like a whip-lash through the silent forest.’
      • ‘Her voice sounded like a deafened croak as she crouched by the girl's side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even when illness had shackled him to a wheelchair and reduced his voice to a croak, he never hid from his fellow man.’
      • ‘She tried to yell at him, but her voice came out sounding more like a croak.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My hoarse croak was in complete odds with her, happy, sedated voice.’
      • ‘He heard a hoarse croak and turned to his side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The question came as a hoarse croak from the corner.’
      • ‘I tried to sound in control and normal but all I could manage were hoarse croaks.’
      • ‘Much to my dismay, my voice sounded like a croak when I said, ‘Hi Alli.’’
      • ‘Her eyes widened and she wanted to scream, but her throat was suddenly dry and only a hoarse croak escaped her throat.’


  • 1(of a frog or crow) make a characteristic deep hoarse sound.

    • ‘The open window let in the sound of evening frogs croaking in the nearby swamp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A toad croaked in the distance breaking the eerie silence that haunted the halls of trees and earth.’
    • ‘Frogs and toads croak out a strange mating ritual in a concrete drainage ditch.’
    • ‘The crickets chirped and the frogs croaked off in the trees.’
    • ‘Not too far ahead she could hear the sound of running water, and frogs croaking loudly in many different tones.’
    • ‘The frogs croaked a jovial tune; the flowers smelled perfect.’
    • ‘Decades of spraying pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides had made sure that not even a frog croaks on a rainy night here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ravens croak replies to the squeaks and cries of marmot and pika.’
    • ‘She could also hear the frogs croaking on the nearby pond.’
    • ‘The frogs croaking in the lake were loud enough to drown out the performers.’
    • ‘Well, as peaceful as possible with a frog croaking nineteen to the dozen in the background, anyway.’
    • ‘You know, if you say it enough times, it starts to sound like a frog croaking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frogs croaked in the ditches; cicadas shrilled in the fields.’
    • ‘‘The frogs are croaking,’ reports my friend who lives out in the country.’
    • ‘Frogs croaked at intervals, and other night creatures scurried over the leaves.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) make a deep hoarse sound when speaking or laughing.
      ‘“Thank you,” I croaked’
      • ‘After a few moments of staring into his eyes, I finally managed to croak out, ‘Yeah… that's exactly what Aiden's like.’’
      • ‘‘I've got a cold, I feel terrible,’ he reluctantly croaked.’
      • ‘The President croaked a response as he wrote out an executive order.’
      • ‘‘Stop it,’ Nicky croaked in a break from vomiting.’
      • ‘He struggled to find words, stuttered a few times, and finally managed to croak, ‘What?’’
      • ‘Laura finally managed to croak out a question, ‘What time is it?’’
      • ‘‘Yeah,’ Michael croaked, finding his voice at last, ‘I'm Michael.’’
      • ‘Office etiquette nevertheless dictates that you must still croak down the phone when you ring in sick.’
      • ‘Byron found his mouth gummy and dry, and he barely croaked out a reply.’
      • ‘‘Alaster has been sighted, sir,’ he finally croaked.’
      • ‘‘I-I'm fine,’ Arika croaked, finally finding her voice.’
      • ‘‘I have brain cancer,’ Andy croaked, very bluntly.’
      • ‘Tell me everything you know,’ Crystal finally croaked out.’
      • ‘Her brother croaked as he forced the words from his drying lips.’
      • ‘She croaked out her last laugh and then began coughing again into her rags.’
      • ‘‘My name is Sarah,’ she had croaked and then her eyes were closed again.’
      • ‘Aresanjura laughed, a harsh croaking sound like the death rattle from a blood-choked throat.’
      • ‘‘Stop,’ the man croaked, holding up his hands in supplication.’
      • ‘Trying to speak once more she finally managed to croak out, ‘Are you hurt?’’
      • ‘Disgruntled, for he'd been dozing, Scott croaked, ‘Seen what?’’
      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’
    • ‘Every director knows that someone could croak during production, and no one gives it any thought.’
    • ‘If all these people croak in 2005, I'm going to be annoyed.’
    • ‘And I'm sure glad you're back cause Mac would have been so annoyed if you'd croaked.’
    • ‘Now he's croaked, maybe someone can pass a couple of boxes my way.’
    • ‘Alexander croaked in his early thirties, I seem to remember.’
    • ‘Don't worry I'll say nice things at your funeral when you finally croak from all the stress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And as the legendary Norwegian Blue Parrot, they are no more, deceased, kicked the bucket, expired, pushing up daisies, croaked, snuffed-it ex-blogs.’
    • ‘There are few obituaries more heartfelt than the one HST wrote for Rolling Stone when Nixon finally croaked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He croaked a year later.’
    • ‘After Henry croaked, Katherine dropped the prim and proper act and married Thomas Seymour.’
    • ‘That means the husband probably croaked, and she still can't get over it.’
    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. 2.1[with object]Kill (someone)
      ‘Scissors Haggerty's mob croaked two messengers’
      • ‘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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Middle English (as a verb): imitative.