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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 of croaker
1630-1640
1630-40; croak + -er1
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  • The croaker” advises him to “buy an eye-glass and become a dandy and a gentleman.

  • There are only fools like this croaker here who see any harm in it.

  • croaker came to a halt, his head hanging until he could have nuzzled Drew's shoulder.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • And then, for the first time since the disaster, the note of the croaker was heard.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • Although a severe thinker you are not constitutionally a croaker.

  • That is the way the croaker holds forth whenever he can get anybody to listen to him.

  • The croaker says I'll come to time for six months longer—maybe a year if I hold my gait.

  • The doctor was a croaker, as was the fashion of the time, with all who pretended to peculiar political sagacity.

  • We are now hastening to the brink with a rapidity which, croaker as I have always been, I certainly did not anticipate.

    Thomas Moore Stephen Gwynn
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for 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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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