1. a congenital pessimist.
|Litany I 20: A malignant and corrupt lineage and brood of Crokers .|
|Memoirs (1840) I 24/1: There are croakers in every country, always boding its ruin .|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Croaker. One who is always foretelling some Accident or Misfortune: an Allusion to the Croaking of the Raven, supposed ominous.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.:|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 59: Croaker — one who never abstracts himself from the ills of life, and conjures up imaginary ones.|
|Devil In London II ii: Curse that old croaker.|
|Sybil Bk IV 7: Sloane always was a croaker.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 15 Nov. 2/3: [heasdline] Supply of Labour for the Croakers.|
|Westward Ho III 297: Spoil sports! The father of all manners of troubles on earth, be they noxious trade of croakers!|
|in Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 28 Dec. 215: It would hush forever those vile home croakers who ‘knew it would be so’.|
|Dene Hollow I 209: ‘How’s she?’ ‘She? Well, I’d not like to be a croaker, Squire Arde, but I’m afraid we shan’t have her long among us.’.|
|Tamworth Herald 12 Oct. 4/6: Cropakers. Of what use to society [...] are those people who persist in looking upon the dark side of things?|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 July 9/4: Though a few ‘croakers’ prophesied a failure, the result was a most brilliant success, financially and otherwise.|
|Shields Dly Gaz. 5 Mar. 2/5: Croakers [...] pull a long face, give a series of portentous sighs, and solm,enly deliver themselves of the cant that never [...] was England so sore bestead as now.|
|Columbian (Bloomsbury, PA) 25 Aug. 4/5: A man whose every look proclaimed him a chronic croaker.|
|Round London 21: Those croakers who say you cannot grow flowers in towns can never have seen Hyde Park in June.|
|‘The Stranded Ship’ in Roderick (1967–9 II) 179: And the croakers say, when a man is down, with a shrug and a know-all glance, / O he’ll never get out of the gutter again, he has done with every chance.|
|Law O’ The Lariat 107: Now come an’ drown yore sorrows, yu old croaker.|
|Yorks. Eve. Post 10 Mar. 8/5: The Croakers. Cricket pessimists are already beginnning to talk as though the Test matches against Australuia were half lost .|
2. a whiner or whinger.
|Practice of Elocution 142: Croaker. Indeed what signifies what weather have in a country like ours. Taxes, rising, trade falling [...] Frenchmen swarming into it to eat us up and pervert our morals and relgion.|
|Pilot (1824) III 243: Away with ye, old croaker!|
|Martin Chuzzlewit (1995) 650: ‘Presence of mind, you old croaker, presence of mind!’ cried Jonas with a harsh, loud laugh.|
|Manzaes News (Emporia, KS) 31 Oct. n.p.: When merchants fondly trust to paper / And find too late that banks betray / [...] / The only way to stop each croaker, / [...] / is ‘to bust!’.|
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|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 3 Jan. 14/3: [headline] THE TEMPERANCE CROAKERS [...] [T]otal abstinence papers may shriek annually in cold water articles [etc].|
|Fifty ‘Bab’ Ballads 86: I hate to preach – I hate to prate – / I’m no fanatic croaker.‘The Discontented Sugar Broker’|
|in N.Y. Journal 25 Oct. in Stallman (1966) 163: The old croakers on the corners are men who have mistaken the departure of their own youth for the death of the Tenderloin.|
|John Bull’s Other Island Act III: Come on, you old croaker! I’ll shew you how to win an Irish seat.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Nov. 11/4: Croakers to the contrary, the old kindly feeling between master and man still retains the spark of vitality.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] CROAKER – A complainer.|
|Conquering Our Great Amer. Plains 221: These voluble doubters are commonly called old croakers, backbiters, ‘bellyachers.’.|
|When the Green Woods Laugh (1985) 282: You stand there, you croaker, and tell me it’s going to be heated?|
3. a beggar.
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 162/2: Croakers – beggars.|
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4. (US) one who backs out of undertakings they have promised to perform.
|letter q. in Wiley Life of Johnny Reb (1943) 148: I have a profound contempt for all men croakers who are hunting easy places a home to avoid the dangers of the battlefield.|
|‘Central Connecticut Word-List’ in DN III:i 7: croaker, n. [...] one who backs out of an undertaking.|
5. (US) one who talks too lengthily and too loudly.
|DN III:viii 547: croaker, n. One who talks loudly and too much.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
|DA].Year of Decision 310: They had become resentful of croakers, called him a Puke, and moved on [|
6. an informer.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 62: croaker [...] a stool pigeon.|