AskDefine | Define stark

Dictionary Definition

stark adj
1 devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline" [syn: blunt, crude(a), stark(a)]
2 severely simple; "a stark interior" [syn: austere, severe]
3 complete or extreme; "stark poverty"; "a stark contrast"
4 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" [syn: 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)]
5 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" [syn: bare, barren, bleak, desolate] adv : completely; "stark mad"; "mouth stark open"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /stɑː(r)k/, /stA:(r)k/,
  • Rhymes with: -ɑː(r)k

Etymology

stearc

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. hard, firm; obdurate.
  2. severe; violent; fierce (now usually in describing the weather)
  3. strong; vigorous; powerful.
  4. stiff, rigid
    His body was already stiff and stark.
  5. hard in appearance; barren, desolate
    I picked my way forlornly through the stark, sharp rocks.
  6. complete, absolute, full
    I screamed in stark terror.

Adverb

  1. starkly; entirely, absolutely
    He's gone stark, staring mad.
    She was just standing there, stark naked.

Verb

  1. (obsolete except in dialects) To stiffen.
  2. (Publishing) To edit mercilessly with an iron hand
    Laurie needs to stark this asap.

Related terms

German

Etymology

Old High German stark

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. strong

Old High German

Etymology

Common Germanic *starkaz, whence also Old English stearc, Old Norse sterkr

Adjective

stark

Swedish

Etymology

Old Norse sterkr

Pronunciation

Adjective

stark
  1. strong; able to use great force
  2. strong; capable of withstanding great physical force
  3. strong; highly stimulating to the senses
    starkt ljus = strong light
  4. spicy, hot; with a biting taste
  5. strong; having a high concentration of an essential; possibly alcohol
    starkt kaffe = strong coffee
  6. strong
  7. strong; not easily subdued or taken

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Stark(e) may refer to:

Places in the USA

Science and technology

Fictional

See also

stark in German: Stark
stark in French: Stark
stark in Italian: Stark
stark in Volapük: Stark

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Spartan, absolute, absolutely, altogether, arrant, ascetic, austere, bald, bare, barren, basic, blasted, bleak, blessed, blunt, candid, chaste, classical, clean, clear, clearly, cold, common, commonplace, complete, completely, confounded, consummate, crass, decided, definitive, depressing, desolate, direct, downright, drear, dreary, dry, dull, egregious, elementary, empty, entirely, essential, evident, flagrant, frank, fully, fundamental, glaring, grey, grim, gross, hard, harsh, homely, homespun, homogeneous, indivisible, infernal, inornate, intolerable, irreducible, irretrievably, irrevocably, lean, matter-of-fact, mere, monolithic, naked, natural, neat, nude, obvious, obviously, of a piece, open, out-and-out, outright, patent, perfect, perfectly, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, plainly, plumb, positive, primary, profound, pronounced, proper, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pure, pure and simple, quite, rank, ravaged, raw, regular, right, rustic, severe, shattering, sheer, shocking, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, single, sober, spare, spooky, stark-naked, stark-staring, straightforward, stripped, superlative, surpassing, the veriest, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, totally, unadorned, unaffected, unbearable, unclad, unclothed, uncluttered, unconditional, unconscionable, undeniable, undifferenced, undifferentiated, unelaborate, unembellished, unenhanced, unequivocal, unfancy, unfussy, uniform, unimaginative, unmitigated, unornate, unpoetical, unqualified, unrelieved, unrelievedly, unspoiled, unvarnished, utter, utterly, vacant, vacuous, void, wholly
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