adjective Archaic.

1300–50 (for gerund); 1555–65 (for current sense); Middle English; see cark, -ing2 Unabridged


[kahrk] Archaic.
care or worry.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to worry.

1250–1300; Middle English carken to be anxious, Old English becarcian, apparently derivative of car- (base of caru care) + -k suffix Unabridged
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cark1 (kɑːk)
n, —vb
worry worry worry an archaic word for worry
[C13 carken to burden, from Old Northern French carquier, from Late Latin carricāre to load]

cark2 (kɑːk)
slang (Austral) (intr) to break down; die
[perhaps from the cry of the crow, as a carrion feeding bird]

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Example sentences
It is the hobby that then rescues the mind from its carking activities.
He must meet affliction in the world, but he need not have anxiety and carking care.
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