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cark

[kahrk] /kɑrk/ Archaic.
noun
1.
care or worry.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to worry.
Origin of cark
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English carken to be anxious, Old English becarcian, apparently derivative of car- (base of caru care) + -k suffix
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Examples from the Web for cark
Historical Examples
  • He had had much in his life to cark and harrow, and the old sympathy and tenderness vibrated aloud, and little out of tune.

  • 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
  • cark Hall, an old gabled manor house, for generations the residence of the Curwens and the Rawlinsons.

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

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

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Alpine tourists often employ this contrivance when they start from their bivouac in the cark morning.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
British Dictionary definitions for cark

cark1

/kɑːk/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic word for worry (sense 1), worry (sense 2), worry (sense 11), worry (sense 13)
Word Origin
C13 carken to burden, from Old Northern French carquier, from Late Latin carricāre to load

cark2

/kɑːk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (Austral, slang) to break down; die
Word Origin
perhaps from the cry of the crow, as a carrion feeding bird
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Word Origin and History for cark
v.

"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."

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