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  1. croak
    IPA[krōk]
  2. noun

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

      a female frog can pick out a mate's voice from a cacophony of croaks
    • 2. a 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

    verb

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

      the frogs settled in the shade, croaking happily
    • 2. (of a person) make a deep hoarse sound when speaking or laughing:

      “Thank you,” I croaked
      Synonym : rasp, squawk, caw, crow, wheeze, gasp, choke, hack, hawk, bark, cough, speak hoarsely, speak huskily, speak throatily, speak harshly, speak thickly
    • 3. 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
    • 4. die:

      the dog finally croaked in 1987
      Synonym : die, 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, give up the ghost, kick the bucket, bite the dust, flatline, conk out, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, go belly up, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of the dinosaurs, push up the daisies, be six feet under, snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs, hop the twig/stick, bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, hand in one's dinner pail, go bung, exit, decease
    • 5. kill (someone):

      Scissors Haggerty's mob croaked two messengers
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: croak, 3rd person present: croaks, gerund or present participle: croaking, past tense: croaked, past participle: croaked

    • noun

      a characteristic deep hoarse sound made by a frog or a crow:

      a sound resembling a croak:

    • verb

      (of a frog or crow) make a characteristic deep hoarse sound:

      (of a person) make a sound similar to a croak when speaking or laughing:

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