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Cark \Cark\, v. t. To vex; to worry; to make by anxious care or worry. [R.]

Nor can a man, independently . . . of God's blessing, care and cark himself one penny richer.


Cark \Cark\ (k[aum]rk), n. [OE. cark, fr. a dialectic form of F. charge; cf. W. carc anxiety, care, Arm karg charge, burden. See Charge, and cf. Cargo.] A noxious or corroding care; solicitude; worry. [Archaic.]

His heavy head, devoid of careful cark.

Fling cark and care aside.

Freedom from the cares of money and the cark of fashion.
--R. D. Blackmore.


Cark \Cark\ (k[aum]rk), v. i. To be careful, anxious, solicitous, or troubled in mind; to worry or grieve. [R.]
--Beau. & Fl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to be weighed down or oppresssed by cares or worries, be concerned about," early 12c., a figurative use, via Anglo-French from Old North French carkier "to load, burden," from Late Latin carcare (see charge (v.)). Compare Old North French carguer "charger," corresponding to Old French chargier. The literal sense in English, "to load, put a burden on," is from c.1300. Related: Carked; carking. Also as a noun in Middle English and after, "charge, responsibility; anxiety, worry; burden on the mind or spirit," (c.1300), from Anglo-French karke, from Old North French form of Old French carche, variant of charge "load, burden, imposition."\n


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) A noxious or corroding worry. 2 (context obsolete English) The state of being filled with worry. vb. 1 (lb en obsolete intransitive) To be filled with worry, solicitude, or troubles. 2 (lb en obsolete transitive) To bring worry, vexation, or anxiety. Etymology 2

vb. (eye dialect of caulk English)


v. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill" [syn: perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, distract, disorder]


Cark (sometimes Cark in Cartmel) is a village in Cumbria, England. It lies on the B5278 road to Haverthwaite (and to the A590 road) and is ½ mile north of Flookburgh, 2 miles southwest of Cartmel and 3 miles west of Grange-over-Sands.

Historically within Lancashire, the village is served by the Cark and Cartmel railway station on the Furness Line between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster.

The village used to have a water-powered cotton mill between 1785 and c1815.

Cark is ½ mile south of Holker Hall owned by Lord and Lady Cavendish.

A Royal Air Force airfield was constructed near Flookburgh in late 1940 and named RAF Station Cark. It was used by training and anti-aircraft co-operation units from March 1941 until closure in December 1945. After many years of disuse, it was reopened for civilian use and is the location of the North West Parachute Centre.

Usage examples of "cark".

Who can say which of the carked races of man - the Elf-men of Anya and the Hoshi, the Newvanian Arhats and all the others - have attained to the godly, and which are extremely long-lived women and men wearing bizarre and sometimes beautiful bodies?

Who can say which of the carked races of man-the Elf-men of Anya and the Hoshi, the Newvanian Arhats and all the others-have attained to the godly, and which are extremely long-lived women and men wearing bizarre and sometimes beautiful bodies?

And it was Maralah who had tried to infect Ai and Pure Mind with various ohrworms and informational viruses that would cark their master programs and drive them mad.

No more the Cafe des Exiles, no more the deadly tedium of daily service at the desk of the caisse, no more the shrewish tongue of Mama Therese, the odious oglings of Papa Dupont, the ceaseless cark of discontent.

But Lopez himself, having with his friend's assistance, arranged his affairs comfortably for a month or two, had, as a first resolution, promised himself a fortnight's freedom from all carking cares.

He took some Wilson's snuff, then hawked, carked and shivered with the dour pleasure of it.

Ultimately, so Casmir told himself, these barriers must break apart if only before the sheer brutal force of his will, but meanwhile they carked at his patience and troubled the ease of his existence.

Item: you have nourished a volume of angers, carks, resentments and sore emotions beyond all estimate.

No, no, old girl, you're thinking of contract labor depots, there it doesn't matter what the carks look like as long as they can stand up and move the proper fingers or other appendages.