adjective, stark·er, stark·est.
Origin of stark
Definition for stark (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for stark
His constant worship of his wife stands in stark contrast to scandals of the domestic nature in other sports.
These images, videos and messages became a lifeline between two worlds and a stark record of the distance between them.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots|Nathan Bradley Bethea|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fun of the episode, however, stands in stark contrast to its conclusion.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal|Melissa Leon|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With some areas, the differences are stark in terms of where this windfall lands.
A recent Pew Poll graphically likewise portrays the stark national divide, and the granular differences are gaping.The 2014 Election Is Yet Another Scrum in the Culture Wars|Lloyd Green|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its sanities are stark madness to the matter-of-fact man of affairs.The Quiver, 2/1900|Various
When the chill morning dawned, their dead lay cold and stark together.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
"I see," answered the clerk, respectfully, for Stark's words led him to think that his guest was a man of wealth.Driven From Home|Horatio Alger
By the stark unmerciful sunlight; by the rude, revealing glow of the impending day how much more scandalous would it be!The Life of the Party|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Stark looked over the report and then made a notation on a small pink slip.Blind Spot|Bascom Jones
British Dictionary definitions for stark (1 of 2)
Word Origin for stark
British Dictionary definitions for stark (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for stark
Old English stearc "stiff, strong" (related to starian "to stare"), from Proto-Germanic *starkaz (cf. Old Norse sterkr, Old Frisian sterk, Middle Dutch starc, Old High German starah, German stark, Gothic *starks), from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (see stare).
Meaning "utter, sheer, complete" first recorded c.1400, perhaps from influence of common phrase stark dead (late 14c.), with stark mistaken as an intensive adjective. Sense of "bare, barren" is from 1833. Stark naked (1520s) is from Middle English start naked (early 13c.), from Old English steort "tail, rump." Hence British slang starkers "naked" (1923).