- 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: Middle 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
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- 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: From Middle English croken, to croak, probably of imitative origin.
- croakˈi·ly adverb
- croakˈy adjective