- 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
ME croken < OE *cracian < cræcettan, to make sounds like a raven < IE base *ger- (> crake, crane, crow), of echoic orig.