Word of the Day: Croak

verb

 

  1. to make a low-pitched, harsh sound

The most professional curse ever snarled or croaked or thundered can have no effect on a pure heart.

From ‘The Last Unicorn’ by Peter S. Beagle, 1939-

 

  1. to speak in a deep, throaty voice

The Oldest Inhabitant croaks: “Well, of all…

Things…Can it be…really!…No!…Yes!…

From ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ by T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965

 

  1. to grumble

If you have some idea you believe in, don’t listen to the croaking chorus.

Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955

 

noun

 

  1. a harsh, deeply pitched cry, as from a frog or a crow

My parents used to call me ‘The Little Frog,’ because whenever they asked how I knew something, I’d say ‘read it,’ which sounds a bit like a frog croak.

Talulah Riley, 1985-