Stark

Definition of Stark

Pronunciation: stärk
a.1.Stiff; rigid.
Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark.
- Spenser.
His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone.
- Spenser.
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.
Consider the stark security
The common wealth is in now.
- B. Jonson.
3.Strong; vigorous; powerful.
A stark, moss-trooping Scot.
- Sir W. Scott.
Stark beer, boy, stout and strong beer.
- Beau. & Fl.
4.Severe; violent; fierce.
5.Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright.
He pronounces the citation stark nonsense.
- Collier.
Rhetoric is very good or stark naught; there's no medium in rhetoric.
- Selden.
adv.1.Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mad.
Held him strangled in his arms till he was stark dead.
- Fuller.
Stark naked
wholly naked; quite bare.
Strip your sword stark naked.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To stiffen.
If horror have not starked your limbs.
- H. Taylor.

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