Memory worked with it—the carking memory of a failure of courage.
He was sensible of a dull, carking shame, and yet was shameless.
In truth, it was so; heavy with the weariness caused by carking care.
Doubt—indefinite, carking doubt had taken possession of her.
I reckon you are now preparing for your Wexford expedition; and poor Dingley is full of carking and caring, scolding.
To stroll from one's hotel to the famous promenade on a bright morning is to snap one's fingers at carking care.
And again Kirkwood sought Stryker, his carking query ready on his lips.
He had never dared to voice the carking fear that tightened about his heart at times.
We meet only an embarrassment of choice when we start to unstring the chaplet of our carking cares.
A carking connoisseur is abusing some effort of an unhappy artist to portray nature.
"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.)). Cf. 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."