[ kahrk ]
See synonyms for: carking on

  1. care or worry.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to worry.

Origin of cark

1250–1300; Middle English carken to be anxious, Old English becarcian, apparently derivative of car- (base of carucare) + -k suffix

Words Nearby cark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cark in a sentence

  • The old, old earth is glad to turn from the cark and care of driftless centuries to the first sweet blades of green.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
  • Alpine tourists often employ this contrivance when they start from their bivouac in the cark morning.

    The Art of Travel | Francis Galton
  • For two wretched, suspicious, anxious days did this doubt cark at the captain's heart.

  • The nervous, excitable temper has helped the fret and cark of ambitious life.

    The Caxtons, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It's easy for you to go joking, having neither cark nor care: that is no way to treat the second best match in Ireland!

    Three Wonder Plays | Lady I. A. Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for cark (1 of 2)


/ (kɑːk) /

Origin of cark

C13 carken to burden, from Old Northern French carquier, from Late Latin carricāre to load

British Dictionary definitions for cark (2 of 2)


/ (kɑːk) /

  1. (intr) Australian slang to break down; die

Origin of cark

perhaps from the cry of the crow, as a carrion feeding bird

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