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croaking


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Croak  \Croak\  (kr?k),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Croaked}.  (kr?kt);  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Croaking}.]  [From  the  primitive  of  AS 
  cracettan  to  croak  as  a  raven;  akin  to  G.  kr?chzen  to  croak, 
  and  to  E.  creak,  crake.] 
  1.  To  make  a  low  hoarse  noise  in  the  throat,  as  a  frog,  a 
  raven,  or  a  crow;  hence  to  make  any  hoarse,  dismal  sound. 
 
  Loud  thunder  to  its  bottom  shook  the  bog,  And  the 
  hoarse  nation  croaked.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  complain;  especially,  to  grumble;  to  forebode  evil;  to 
  utter  complaints  or  forebodings  habitually. 
 
  Marat  .  .  .  croaks  with  reasonableness.  --Carlyle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  croaking 
  adj  :  like  the  sounds  of  frogs  and  crows;  "a  guttural  voice"; 
  "acres  of  guttural  frogs"  [syn:  {croaky},  {guttural}] 
  n  :  a  harsh  hoarse  utterance  (as  of  a  frog)  [syn:  {croak}] 




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