Definition of ribbit in US English:

ribbit

noun

  • The characteristic croaking sound of a frog.

    ‘the power of the male's commanding “ribbit” came not from the throat but from vibrations in ear membranes’
    • ‘For 10 years, Erickson has been monitoring the Pacific chorus frogs' deep-throated, well-rounded ribbits.’
    • ‘For more ‘ribbit ‘research, visit the Frogwatch USA (www.nwf.org/ keepthewildalive/frogwatch /) and Frogweb (frogweb.gov) Web sites.’’
    • ‘All aspects of the film were clean and clear, including dialogue, effects, music and "ribbits."’
    • ‘When she realizes she's in a swamp, instead of digging on the slimy critters with all their crazy ribbits, she freaks out.’
    • ‘Each frog species has its own unique call or croak, and some create ribbits so loud they can be heard up to a mile away.’
    • ‘All aspects of the film were clean and clear, including dialogue, effects, music and ‘ribbits.’’
    • ‘For 10 years, she has been monitoring the Pacific chorus frogs' deep-throated, well-rounded ribbits.’
    • ‘The loud ribbits of frogs come from the lilies in the smelly pond.’
    • ‘In actuality, Maddie had the grace of a frog (ribbit, ribbit!) but didn't they say love was blind?’
    • ‘The only sound is the occasional "ribbit" noise from Harvey.’
    • ‘In actuality, Maddie had the grace of a frog—ribbit!’
    • ‘It wasn't enough to make a frog ribbit, you had to do a ribbit and a face.’

verb

[no object]
  • (of a frog) croak.

    ‘the frog ribbited at him’
    • ‘Some popped right into the backbend wheel, while others embraced leaping up and down, ribbiting like frogs.’
    • ‘He mostly grunts, growls and ribbits, occasionally interrupting his angry bullfrog impersonation to deliver bromides.’
    • ‘They land on lily pads in the pond and frogs are ribbiting and bouncing all around.’
    • ‘It 'ribbits' when you squeeze it.’
    • ‘It's difficult to hear their ribbiting in the noisy rainforest, so male golden frogs wave to each other to communicate their dominance over a certain area.’
    • ‘Real frogs jump and ribbit and do all sorts of things that are of no interest to me whatsoever.’

Origin

1960s: imitative.

Pronunciation

ribbit

/ˈribit/