What does stark mean?

Definitions for stark

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.


  1. stark

    Stark is an adjective that typically refers to something being severe, harsh, or bare in appearance or outline. It can be used to describe extreme contrast, complete absence of comfort, or something which is very clear and impossible to avoid noticing. It can also relate to something unpleasantly or sharply clear or intense.

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. Hjalmar Schact:

    We worked and governed with incredible elan. We really ruled. For the bureaucrats of the Ministry the contrast to the Weimar Republic was stark. Party chatter in the Reichstag was no longer heard. The language of the bureaucracy was rid of the paralyzing formula: technically right but politically impossible.

  2. Lloyd Austin:

    This fallen officer died in the line of duty, helping protect the tens of thousands of people who work in — and who visit — the Pentagon on a daily basis, this tragic death today is a stark reminder of the dangers they face and the sacrifices they make. We are forever grateful for that service and the courage with which it is rendered.

  3. Dipayan Ghosh:

    The divide between east and west on matters of internet governance — and more broadly, freedom of expression and open access to information — is stark.

  4. Steven Schoenfeld:

    Investors are awakening to a stark dichotomy during 2019, namely, at the same time that trade and geopolitical tensions between the United States and China are rising, the weight of China is also going up in their portfolio.

  5. Michel de Montaigne:

    Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, yet he makes gods by the dozens.

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Translations for stark

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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    brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
    A abrupt
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