American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A low hoarse sound, as that characteristic of frogs and crows.
- v. To utter in a low hoarse sound.
- v. Slang To kill.
- v. To utter a low hoarse sound.
- v. To speak with a low hoarse voice.
- v. To mutter discontentedly; grumble.
- v. Slang To die.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a low, hoarse, dismal cry or sound, as a frog, a raven, or a crow: also used humorously of the hoarse utterance of a person having a heavy cold.
- To speak with a low, hollow voice, or in dismal accents; forebode evil; complain; grumble.
- To die: from the gurgling or rattling sound in the throat of a dying person.
- To utter in a low, hollow voice; murmur dismally.
- To announce or herald by croaking.
- n. A low, hoarse guttural sound, as that uttered by a frog or a raven.
- n. A faint, harsh sound made in the throat.
- n. The cry of a frog or toad. (see also ribbit)
- v. To make a croak.
- v. Of a frog, to make its cry.
- v. slang To die.
- v. Of a raven, to make its cry.
- v. transitive, slang To kill someone or something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make a low, hoarse noise in the throat, as a frog, a raven, or a crow; hence, to make any hoarse, dismal sound.
- v. To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.
- v. To utter in a low, hoarse voice; to announce by croaking; to forebode.
- n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.
- v. utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- n. a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)
- v. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
- Middle English croken, back-formation from Old English cracettan, cræccettan, from Proto-Germanic *krāk- (compare Swedish kråka, German krächzen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂-k- (compare Latin grāculus ‘jackdaw’, Serbo-Croatian grákati). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English croken, to croak, probably of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Off out for coffee tonight!! hopefully my voice isnt TOO humourous for convo making. * croak croak*”
“I guess having a frog for a state amphibian would make sense because with the above noted legislation the economic climate in this state will croak from the increased tax revenues required to pay for Olympia's continued foolishness.”
“a large company of rooks — & their croak is always in unison with mine.”
“But he didn't "croak" -- instead, he waxed stronger, and toward evening the pangs of hunger and thirst drove him to consider means for escaping from his hiding place, and searching for food and water.”
“It was plain that this person, in the course of her reflections on life, was regarding her own case, and had arrived at the conviction that in order to preserve herself from the mockeries of life, she was not in a position to do anything else but simply "croak" -- to use her own expression.”
“He speaks loudly in a kind of un-modulated American southern croak, which is hard to take after a while. . .”
“These pouches are called "vocal sacs," and no doubt aid in intensifying these animals 'croak, which is so powerful that (on account of it and because of the country where they are common) they have been nicknamed "Cambridgeshire Nightingales.”
“In his Saturday night set, Dylan's voice was as good as could be expected - that is, a croak with zero range, but with most of the words delivered, and his phrasing as random and idiosyncratic as can be imagined.”
“I developed a horrid sore throat and ear-aches yesterday and, despite my best care last night and going to bed at 9 p.m. for a long and fairly good night's rest was for the naught this morning when I woke up with nothing but a "croak" for a voice!”
“The raven gave a short, comfortable, confidential kind of croak; — a most expressive croak, which seemed to say,”
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Words formed in imitation of the sound of the things they signify.
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words (seemingly) formed in imitation of a natural sound
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words that describe sound
Animal sounds in different languages, and the verbs that specify them.
Since Georgetown took down their page, the current definitive website for this information is:
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Words used to create the names of Pokémon, which are usually portmanteaux.
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Abiguous words, equivocation, poetically delightful, simple yet multi-meaninged polysemy; emblems and gremlins. I've put the paradoxical ones on the Contranympho list.
Euphemisms for the curiously common human pastime of dying.
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