Atlantic croaker

Atlantic croaker

Atlantic croaker Word Origin noun

  1. See under croaker(def 2).

Origin of Atlantic croaker First recorded in 1945–50 croaker [kroh-ker] noun

  1. a person or thing that croaks.
  2. 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.
  3. a person who grumbles or forebodes evil.
  4. Slang. doctor.

Origin of croaker First recorded in 1630–40; croak + -er1 British Dictionary definitions for atlantic croaker croaker noun

  1. an animal, bird, etc, that croaks
  2. any of various mainly tropical marine sciaenid fishes, such as Umbrina roncador (yellowfin croaker), that utter croaking noises
  3. a grumbling person

Word Origin and History for atlantic croaker croaker n.

“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).

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