- to make a deep, hoarse sound, as that of a frog or raven
- to speak in deep, hoarse tones
- to talk dismally; foretell evil or misfortune; grumble
- Slang to die
Origin of croakMiddle English croken ; from Old English an unverified form cracian ; from cræcettan, to make sounds like a raven ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ger- (from source crake, crane, crow), of echoic origin, originally
- to utter in deep, hoarse tones
- Slang to kill
verbcroaked, croak·ing, croaks
- To utter in a low hoarse sound.
- Slang To kill.
- a. To utter a low hoarse sound.b. To speak with a low hoarse voice.
- To mutter discontentedly; grumble.
- Slang To die.
Origin of croakFrom Middle English croken, to croak, probably of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present croaks, present participle croaking, simple past and past participle croaked)
- (intransitive) To make a croak.
- To utter in a low, hoarse voice.
- (intransitive, of a frog) To make its cry.
- (intransitive, of a raven) To make its cry.
- (slang) To die.
- (slang) To kill someone or something.
- He'd seen my face, so I had to croak him.
- To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.