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carking

[kahr-king] /ˈkɑr kɪŋ/
adjective, Archaic.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50 (for gerund); 1555-65 (for current sense); Middle English; see cark, -ing2

cark

[kahrk] /kɑrk/
noun
1.
care or worry.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to worry.
Origin
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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for carking

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 carking

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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