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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stark.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blunt, crude(a), stark(a)adjective

    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

    "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"

  2. austere, severe, stark, sternadjective

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

  3. starkadjective

    complete or extreme

    "stark poverty"; "a stark contrast"

  4. arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulteratedadjective

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"

  5. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadverb

    providing no shelter or sustenance

    "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

  6. starkadverb


    "stark mad"; "mouth stark open"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STARKadjective

    Etymology: sterc, strac , Saxon; sterck, Dutch.

    His heavy head devoid of careful cark,
    Whose senses all were straight benumed and stark. Fa. Qu.

    Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff
    Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    The North is not so stark and cold. Ben Jonson.

    So soon as this spring is become stark enough, it breaks the case in two, and slings the seed. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

    Consider the stark security
    The commonwealth is in now; the whole senate
    Sleepy, and dreaming no such violent blow. Ben Jonson.

    To turn stark fools, and subjects fit
    For sport of boys, and rabble wit. Hudibras.

    He pronounces the citation stark nonsense. Collier.

  2. Starkadverb

    Is used to intend or augment the signification of a word: as stark mad, mad in the highest degree. It is now little used but in low language.

    Then are the best but stark naught; for open suspecting others, comes of secret condemning themselves. Philip Sidney.

    The fruitful-headed beast, amaz’d
    At flashing beams of that sun-shiny shield,
    Became stark blind, and all his senses doz’d,
    That down he tumbled. Edmund Spenser.

    Men and women go stark naked. George Abbot.

    He is stark mad, who ever says
    That he hath been in love an hour. John Donne.

    Those seditious, that seemed moderate before, became desperate, and those who were desperate seemed stark mad; whence tumults, confused hollowings and howlings. John Hayward.

    Who, by the most cogent arguments, will disrobe himself at once of all his old opinions, and turn himself out stark naked in quest of new notions? John Locke.

    In came squire South, all dressed up in feathers and ribbons, stark staring mad, brandishing his sword. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starknoun

    stiff; rigid

  2. Starknoun

    complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire

  3. Starknoun

    strong; vigorous; powerful

  4. Starknoun

    severe; violent; fierce

  5. Starknoun

    mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright

  6. Starkadverb

    wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mind

  7. Starkverb

    to stiffen

  8. Etymology: [OE. stark stiff, strong, AS. stearc; akin to OS. starc strong, D. sterk, OHG. starc, starah, G. & Sw. stark, Dan. staerk, Icel. sterkr, Goth. gastarknan to become dried up, Lith. strgti to stiffen, to freeze. Cf. Starch, a. & n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stark

    stärk, adj. stiff: gross: absolute: entire: naked, an abbreviation of Stark′-nā′ked, quite naked, which is really a corr. of M. E. start-naked=tail-naked (A.S. steort, a tail).—adv. absolutely: completely.—v.t. to make stark, as in death.—v.t. Stark′en, to stiffen, to make obstinate.—adv. Stark′ly.—n. Stark′ness, the state or quality of being stark: stiffness; stoutness. [A.S. stearc, hard, strong; cog. Ice. sterk-r, Ger. stark.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STARK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stark is ranked #827 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stark surname appeared 41,735 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 14 would have the surname Stark.

    92.4% or 38,597 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 1,027 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 939 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 639 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 292 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 242 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for stark »

  1. skart

  2. karst

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stark in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stark in a Sentence

  1. Marcia Greenberger:

    Too many girls are being refused the chance to reap the positive benefits that extend beyond the playing field, the stark statistics represent lost opportunities that would have enriched girls' high school experience and boosted their academic performance and overall health.

  2. Jackie Lacey:

    Although the vast majority of convictions are correctly upheld, I knew that, at times, the pursuit of justice, which depends on human beings, is not perfect, and Ruben Martinez case serves as a stark reminder to all of us : Despite our best efforts, we don't always get Ruben Martinez case right.

  3. Jake Morris:

    To me, that was so stark. It was almost funny, but so harsh.

  4. Rodney Pistorius:

    Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn't notice when I began to be present again, the stark reality hit me that I was going to spend the rest of my life like that— totally alone.

  5. Bob Menendez:

    Today's bombing, which took place in a Syrian city patrolled by The US forces, is a stark reminder that the Trump Administration needs a clearly developed and articulated strategy to secure the gains we have made in the fight against terror that includes those on the frontlines of this ongoing fight as well as our diplomatic and development corps, the United States must do more to work with our allies to develop a comprehensive approach that secures our long-term interests in the region.

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Translations for stark

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  • naprostý, úplně, tvrdý, tuhý, dočista, zatvrzelý, nepříznivý, mocný, naprosto, pustý, krutý, bouřlivý, silnýCzech
  • stærkDanish
  • rígidoSpanish
  • sterkurFaroese
  • rigideFrench
  • निराHindi
  • duro, totale, inflessibile, violento, puro e semplice, nudo, vero e proprio, assoluto, gagliardo, crudo, bell'e buono, completo, rigido, desolato, selvaggio, furioso, aspro, stecchito, forte, robustoItalian
  • 뚜렷한Korean
  • summaeLatin
  • sterkDutch
  • gwałtowny, sztywny, twardyPolish
  • in intregime, crud, drastic, dur, violent, rigid, puternic, absolut, aspru, total, viguros, dezolantRomanian
  • silnýSlovak
  • స్టార్క్Telugu

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