American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To burden or be burdened with trouble; worry.
- n. A worry; a trouble: carks and cares.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A load; a burden; a weight; specifically, an old measure of weight for wool, equal to the thirtieth part of a sarplar.
- n. A burden of care; a state of anxious solicitude; care; concern; trouble; distress.
- To load; burden; load or oppress with grief, anxiety, or care; worry; perplex; vex.
- To bring to be by care or anxiety; make by carking.
- To be full of care, anxious, solicitous, or concerned.
- v. Eye dialect spelling of caulk.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To be filled with worry, solicitude, or troubles.
- v. obsolete, transitive To bring worry, vexation, or anxiety.
- n. obsolete A noxious or corroding worry.
- n. obsolete The state of being filled with worry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic. A noxious or corroding care; solicitude; worry.
- v. rare To be careful, anxious, solicitous, or troubled in mind; to worry or grieve.
- v. rare To vex; to worry; to make by anxious care or worry.
- v. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
- From Middle English carken ("to be anxious"), from Old English carcian, becarcian ("to be anxious, be anxious about, care for, take charge of, look after"), from car- ("care") + formative -cian (suffix). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English carken, from Norman French carquier, to burden, load, from Late Latin carricāre; see cargo. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the ship sped on her course, Kamar al-Zaman returned to the garden in cark and care; but — anon he rented the place of its owner and hired a man to help him in irrigating the trees.”
“Now this King was become a very old man, weakened and wasted with age and sickness and decrepitude; for he had lived an hundred and fourscore years and had no child, male or female, by reason whereof he was ever in cark and care from morning to night and from night to morn.”
“So he rose up and went out and threaded the streets awhile, but only increased in cark and care.”
“So he abode in cark and care and chagrin from morn to night and from night to morn.”
“a soul nor return a reply; and reaching the garden and sitting down in cark and care he threw dust on his head and buffeted his cheeks. —”
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“Sorry to meatjack, but I have never run across "cark" before.”
“If whomever found him had never caught him before they shoulda shat on it. balancing act: Sorry to meatjack, but I have never run across "cark" before.”
“And they show that airport cark parks are big business, raking in around $244 million in the 2007-2008 financial year.”
“Idibia's statement was quite specific, confirming that he was "still intact", with no immediate plans to cark it.”
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