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Atlantic croaker

noun
1.
See under croaker (def 2).
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50

croaker

[kroh-ker] /ˈkroʊ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that croaks.
2.
any of several sciaenoid fishes that make a croaking noise, especially Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croaker) found off the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.
3.
a person who grumbles or forebodes evil.
4.
Slang. doctor.
Origin
1630-40; croak + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for Atlantic croaker

croaker

/ˈkrəʊkə/
noun
1.
an animal, bird, etc, that croaks
2.
any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Umbrina roncador (yellowfin croaker), that utter croaking noises
3.
a grumbling person
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Word Origin and History for Atlantic croaker

croaker

n.

"prophet of evil," 1630s, agent noun from croak (v.); a reference to the raven (cf. Middle English crake "a raven," early 14c., from Old Norse kraka "crow," of imitative origin).

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Slang definitions & phrases for Atlantic croaker

croaker

noun

A physician: Don't say ''croaker,'' say ''doctor'' (1859+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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