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Meaning of STARK

Pronunciation:  stârk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  completely; "stark mad"; "mouth stark open"
  2. [adj]  providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"
  3. [adj]  complete or extreme; "stark poverty"; "a stark contrast"
  4. [adj]  severely simple; "a stark interior"

STARK is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: austere, bare, barren, bleak, desolate, immoderate, inhospitable, plain, severe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stark\, a. [Compar. {Starker}; superl. {Starkest}.] [OE.
    stark stiff, strong, AS. stearc; akin to OS. starc strong, D.
    sterk, OHG. starc, starah, G. & Sw. stark, Dan. st[ae]rk,
    Icel. sterkr, Goth. gasta['u]rknan to become dried up, Lith.
    str["e]gti to stiffen, to freeze. Cf. {Starch}, a. & n.]
    1. Stiff; rigid. --Chaucer.
             Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark.
             His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone.
             Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff Under the hoofs
             of vaunting enemies.                  --Shak.
             The north is not so stark and cold.   --B. Jonson.
    2. Complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire. [Obs.]
             Consider the stark security The common wealth is in
             now.                                  --B. Jonson.
    3. Strong; vigorous; powerful.
             A stark, moss-trooping Scot.          --Sir W.
             Stark beer, boy, stout and strong beer. --Beau. &
    4. Severe; violent; fierce. [Obs.] ``In starke stours.'' [i.
       e., in fierce combats]. --Chaucer.
    5. Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright.
             He pronounces the citation stark nonsense.
             Rhetoric is very good or stark naught; there's no
             medium in rhetoric.                   --Selden.
  2. \Stark\, adv.
    Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mind. --Shak.
          Held him strangled in his arms till he was stark dead.
    {Stark naked}, wholly naked; quite bare.
             Strip your sword stark naked.         --Shak.
    Note: According to Professor Skeat, ``stark-naked'' is
          derived from steort-naked, or start-naked, literally
          tail-naked, and hence wholly naked. If this etymology
          be true the preferable form is stark-naked.
  3. \Stark\, v. t.
    To stiffen. [R.]
          If horror have not starked your limbs.   --H. Taylor.