Let's see. . .Hither and thither; hither and yon; come hither. . .you are right, I can't imagine using this outside of a stock phrase. Of course, then there is "Hitherto." Does anyone but me say that? :)
"Stark," however, is in wider use. There are the phrases, such as "stark raving mad,," "stark staring naked," a "stark contrast." I think this word has more independent uses though, meaning simple, unadorned, etc.