Croaking

croak

[krohk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a low-pitched, harsh cry, as the sound of a frog or a raven.
2.
to speak with a low, rasping voice.
3.
Slang. to die.
4.
to talk despondingly; prophesy trouble or evil; grumble.
verb (used with object)
5.
to utter or announce by croaking.
6.
Slang. to kill.
noun
7.
the act or sound of croaking.

Origin:
1550–60; earlier croke, probably imitative; compare Old English cræcetian (of a raven) to croak

creak, creek, croak.
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croak (krəʊk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of frogs, crows, etc) to make a low, hoarse cry
2.  to utter (something) in this manner: he croaked out the news
3.  (intr) to grumble or be pessimistic
4.  slang
 a.  (intr) to die
 b.  (tr) to kill
 
n
5.  a low hoarse utterance or sound
 
[Old English crācettan; related to Old Norse krāka a crow; see creak]
 
'croaky
 
adj
 
'croakily
 
adv
 
'croakiness
 
n

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croak
c.1460, crouken, onomatopoeic or related to O.E. cracian (see crack). Slang meaning "to die" is first recorded 1812, from sound of death rattle. Croaker "prophet of evil" (1637) is from the raven (cf. M.E. crake "a raven," c.1320, from O.N. kraka "crow," of imitative origin).
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