from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A croaking animal, especially a frog.
  • n. A person who grumbles or habitually predicts evil.
  • n. Any of various fishes, chiefly of the family Sciaenidae, that make croaking or grunting sounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who croaks.
  • n. A vocal pessimist, grumbler, or doomsayer.
  • n. A frog.
  • n. A fish in the family Sciaenidae, known for the throbbing sounds they make.
  • n. A doctor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.
  • n.
  • n. A small American fish (Micropogon undulatus), of the Atlantic coast.
  • n. An American fresh-water fish (Aplodinotus grunniens); -- called also drum.
  • n. The surf fish of California.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird or other animal that croaks.
  • n. One who croaks, murmurs, or grumbles; one who complains unreasonably; one who takes a desponding view of everything; an alarmist.
  • n. A corpse.
  • n. A name of various fishes.
  • n. The little roncador.
  • n. Any fish of the sciænoid genus Micropogon, especially M. undulatus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several fishes that make a croaking noise
  • n. the lean flesh of a saltwater fish caught along Atlantic coast of southern U.S.


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  • According to Wikipedia, 'some analysts distinguish among sub-types of Tom Swifties. Some call those in which the pun is carried by the verb "Croakers" (after the above listed example in which "Tom croaked"), or insist that only those examples in which the pun is carried by an adverb ending in -ly are "true" Tom Swifties (or Swiftlies), or make other distinctions.'

    Where does one apply to become a Tom Swiftie analyst?

    April 5, 2009