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[kroh-ker] /ˈkroʊ kər/
a person or thing that croaks.
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.
a person who grumbles or forebodes evil.
Slang. doctor.
Origin of croaker
1630-40; croak + -er1 Unabridged
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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.

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

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

  • As unlovely as he appeared, croaker had endurance, steady nerves, and a most un-mulelike willingness to obey orders.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • 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


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

"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



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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