1. (UK Und.) a hanging.
|Worcester Herald 26 Dec. 4/3: A croaker, a hanging.|
2. one who has collapsed, i.e. is metaphorically ‘dead’.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 22/2: Jack had it [i.e. a gin-flask] last [...] but I suppose he is a ‘croaker’ by this time, and if you ain’t d—d quick, some of them French b—rs will ‘shaver’ him before you get there.|
3. a person who is dying, who cannot be saved, a corpse.
|Metropolitan Mag. XIV Sept. 334: ob and I was riding alongside the foremost boy, bouncing to make him a croaker if he did not pull up.|
|‘The Saint Giles’s Jade’ in Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 45: He vos nearly a croker with fright.|
|Paved with Gold 353: Here’s the boy, pretty near a croaker.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 145/1: A nuther blarsted step I woiynt do fur’m, iv they sall kill mi, an’ I’m ne’er a kroaker neow.|
|Wild Boys of London I 140/2: ‘’Pon my sivy,’ he said, ‘I thought I was a clean croaker.’.|
|Sl. Dict. 133: Croaker a dying person beyond hope; a corpse. The latter is generally called a ‘stiff’un.’.|
|Manchester Courier 24 Mar. 9/7: When the dog were found a croker [sic] in the morning they swore it was me.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
4. (orig. US black) a murderer.
|Lowspeak 45: Croaker – a professional killer.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 39: Croaker [...] 2. Murderer, ie: one who croaks someone.|
|Hollywood Detective Jan. [Internet] Is that all it means to you? Don’t you realize this is croakery?‘Focus on Death’|