croaker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n croaker any of several fishes that make a croaking noise
    • n croaker the lean flesh of a saltwater fish caught along Atlantic coast of southern U.S.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Croaker (Zoöl) A small American fish (Micropogon undulatus), of the Atlantic coast.
    • Croaker (Zoöl) An American fresh-water fish (Aplodinotus grunniens); -- called also drum.
    • Croaker One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.
    • Croaker (Zoöl) The surf fish of California.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n croaker A bird or other animal that croaks.
    • n croaker One who croaks, murmurs, or grumbles; one who complains unreasonably; one who takes a desponding view of everything; an alarmist.
    • n croaker A corpse.
    • n croaker A name of various fishes. A fish of the genus Hæmulon. Also called grunter.
    • n croaker The little roncador.
    • n croaker Any fish of the sciænoid genus Micropogon, especially M. undulatus.
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Usage

In literature:

A squeaking old croaker, with the usual old song, 'Deed yes, friends, this world is a vale of sin and misery.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I hope that gentleman will be hanged, and have hardly a doubt of it, though croakers contrariwise are not wanting.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
When the morning came she went to Deacon Croaker.
"A Princess in Calico" by Edith Ferguson Black
You miserable old croaker, wasn't that splendid?
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Here, ye croakers about modern degeneracy, here is something that should cover you with confusion and shame.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
The brig 'Firefly,' corvettes 'Croaker' and 'Joker,' touched at Nassau, New Providence, on the 2d instant, bound to leeward.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
The Croaker Epistles have been even more cunningly suppressed.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
Were there no croakers there would be no traitors.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
I don't like the case; it looks bad, very bad indeed, and I'm not a croaker.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
You are quite a raven, a croaker of bad news, Mr.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Never was there such a determined croaker.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I wish all these croakers had died out with that generation in Judea; but we have plenty of their descendants still.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
Surely, say the croakers, such a policy cannot achieve independence.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
She whispered to the image, demanding what it thought of these croakers.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
I've caught croakers myself that were pretty noisy.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
They laughed at me, and called me "granny," and "croaker"; and I said, "I cannot live here, and will seek some other place where I can live.
"Elsie at Viamede" by Martha Finley
These are facts such as the united Croaker tribe can neither refute nor deny.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
After Bascom dropped anchor on the croaker bank, Captain Tony poised himself and dived.
"Harper's Round Table, May 14, 1895" by Various
In the midshipmen's berth, however, there were no croakers.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Croakers and obstructors of new things abound in all walks of life and at all times.
"With the Battle Fleet" by Franklin Matthews
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In poetry:

"We temperance croakers harp on the same strain?"
Well—the cause is one story again and again;
Fights—tragedy—troubles—all stirred up by drink,
Good reason we have to keep harping, I think.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

JAMES CITY – Police are hoping neighbors along Croaker Road can help them track down a suspect in an attempted abduction.
Croaker 's Spot Manchester.
You can buy fresh butterfish, mackerel, croaker, perch, grouper, snapper, porgies and tilapia.
Williamsburg Mennonite Church Pastor- David Lehman 7800 Croaker Road, Williamsburg.
Aquarist Lisa Baggett at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium cuts into the skin of a white croaker fish with a large growth on its head.
Car-sized croaker gets some drivers all hopped up.
Researchers are interested in ospreys because they live almost exclusively by eating live fish, such as croaker, menhaden and white perch.
In 2007, F&W Best New Chef 2009 Bryan Caswell and partner Bill Floyd turned a coolly rehabbed Pontiac showroom into an outstanding Gulf Coast seafood restaurant offering unusual regional fish like triple tail and croaker.
The center of the Atlantic croaker population will shift 30 to 65 miles north.
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