cark·​ing ˈkär-kiŋ How to pronounce carking (audio)

Examples of carking in a Sentence

sometimes she's overwhelmed by the carking anxieties of being a single parent

Word History


from present participle of cark "to burden with care or anxiety," going back to Middle English carken "to load, burden, trouble, harass," borrowed from Anglo-French carker, karker (Old French —Picard— kierkier, quierquier), by-forms of carger, charger "to load, burden" — more at charge entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carking was circa 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Carking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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