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Croak appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Dirges, raps, emo, ska, orchestra parts, eh?… croak some sparse grid.
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The word croak is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun croak

What does croak mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: croaks

  1. a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)

Alternative definition of the noun croak


  1. A faint, harsh sound made in the throat.
  2. The cry of a frog or toad. (see also ribbit)

Definition of the verb croak

What does croak mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: croaked | croaking | croaks

  1. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  2. utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
  3. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whispered
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): babble, bark, bawl, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, call, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snarl, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of croak: gnarl / grumble / murmur / mutter
    • more generic terms: complain / kick / kvetch / plain / quetch / sound off = express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

Alternative definition of the verb croak


  1. To make a croak.
  2. Of a frog, to make its cry.
  3. [slang] To die.
  4. Of a raven, to make its cry.
  5. [transitive, slang] To kill someone or something.


"Croak" is a musical album of Croak.

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"Croak" a.k.a. "Croak!" is a video game.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Croak

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Google previewBeckett and Musicality (2016)

by Sara Jane Bailes, Nicholas Till

Croak is a demanding listener whose emotional reactions and wishes influence the performance by Words and Music. As such ...

Google previewAfterwords (2002)

Stories and Reports from 9/11 and Beyond

James Croak James Croak is an artist living in New York Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the novel The Virgin Suicides. Janet Fitch Janet Fitch is the author of White Oleander. Terry Golway Terry Golway is the city editor of ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...


Google previewFinnish-English dictionary (1916)

by Karl Vilhelm Arminen, Eetu Aaltio

rumble, croak. -dua s. rumbling, croak. kure s. rumple, fold, plait, wrinkle. -lnen a. rumpled, wrinkled, -lllvl s. stays, corset, bodice, -iiduu itr. am rumpled, crumple, become matted, shrive1. kurl s. discipline, ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Herpetological and Related Terminology (2005)

by D.C. Wareham

CROAK The low, hoarse, raucous sound made by male anurans. The sound is normally made with the mouth closed whilst air is forced in and out of the lungs and into the VOCAL SAC or sacs. CROAK REFLEX A particular response in male ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Croak, krOke (like a frog). Crook, a shepherd's staff. Croaked (1 syl.) ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

CROAK, v. n. &n. s. "j Old Fr. c roaquer ; Cro'aking, n.s. & adj. > modern Yr. croasser; Cho'ker, n. s. J Ital. crocidare, cro- ciCure ; Ang.-Sax. crocettan ; Lat. crocitare ; Sw. kroaka ; icpavyt. To make a hoarse dissonant noise, like a frog ; to caw or ...

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Usage statistics about croak

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Quotes about Croak

Hop-skip in leaps teamed
In rains

Like wet toads aquatic
Those kids

Chime with umbrellas
Up above

Those kids cold-caught
Moms scream (Indira Renganathan)
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Scrabble value of C3R1O1A1K5

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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