adjective \ˈstärk\

: having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance

: unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience

: very obvious : very plain and easily seen

Full Definition of STARK

a :  rigid in or as if in death
b :  rigidly conforming (as to a pattern or doctrine) :  absolute <stark discipline>
archaic :  strong, robust
:  utter, sheer <stark nonsense>
a :  barren, desolate
b (1) :  having few or no ornaments :  bare <a stark white room>
(2) :  harsh, blunt <the stark realities of death>
:  sharply delineated <a stark contrast>
stark·ly adverb
stark·ness noun

Examples of STARK

  1. The room was decorated with stark simplicity.
  2. the stark reality of death
  3. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of drunk driving.
  4. There is a stark difference between them.
  5. His criticism of the movie stands in stark contrast to the praise it has received from others.

Origin of STARK

Middle English, stiff, strong, from Old English stearc; akin to Old High German starc strong, Lithuanian starinti to stiffen — more at stare
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with STARK



: completely or fully

Full Definition of STARK

:  in a stark manner
:  to an absolute or complete degree :  wholly <stark naked> <stark mad>

First Known Use of STARK

13th century


biographical name \ˈshtärk, ˈstärk\

Definition of STARK

Johannes 1874–1957 Ger. physicist


biographical name \ˈstärk\

Definition of STARK

John 1728–1822 Am. gen. in Revolution


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