- Stiff; rigid."Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark." [Spenser.]"His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone." [Spenser.]"Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies." [Shak.]"The north is not so stark and cold." [B. Jonson.]
- Complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire.(Obs)"Consider the stark security The common wealth is in now." [B. Jonson.]
- Strong; vigorous; powerful."A stark, moss-trooping Scot." [Sir W. Scott.]" Stark beer, boy, stout and strong beer." [Beau. & Fl.]
- Severe; violent; fierce.(Obs)"In starkestours"Chaucer.
- Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright."He pronounces the citation stark nonsense." [Collier.]"Rhetoric is very good or stark naught; there's no medium in rhetoric." [Selden.]
Etymology: OE. stark stiff, strong, AS. stearc; akin to OS. starc strong, D. sterk, OHG. starc starah, G. & Sw. stark, Dan. stærk, Icel. sterkr, Goth. gastaúrknan to become dried up, Lith. strëgti to stiffen, to freeze. Cf. Starch (a.) & (n.)