croak

A croak is the low, hoarse sound a frog makes. Crows and people with sore throats can croak, too. It’s also a slang word for “die.” When people croak, they need either a glass of water or an undertaker.

Croak is a noun or a verb. A bullfrog’s croak can be very loud. A parched cowboy might croak, “howdy.” Another meaning of the word is "die," as in, "I'm sorry your hamster's dead, but you knew he was going to croak soon.” This kind of croak came from the popular idea that people make a distinctive sound just before they die, a "death rattle." Now there’s something to look forward to!

Primary Meanings of croak

1.
nv
a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)
utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
2.
v
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
Full Definitions of croak
1

n a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)

Synonyms:
croaking
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

v utter a hoarse sound, like a raven

Synonyms:
cronk
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

Synonyms:
gnarl, grumble, murmur, mutter
Type of:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
2

v pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

Synonyms:
buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
stop operating or functioning
die
suffer or face the pain of death
Antonyms:
be born
come into existence through birth
Types:
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abort
cease development, die, and be aborted
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
buy it, pip out
be killed or die;
drown
die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
predecease
die before; die earlier than
famish, starve
die of food deprivation
fall
die, as in battle or in a hunt
succumb, yield
be fatally overwhelmed
strangle
die from strangulation
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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