• 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.

  • A load; a burden; a weight; specifically, an old measure of weight for wool, equal to the thirtieth part of a sarplar.

  • A burden of care; a state of anxious solicitude; care; concern; trouble; distress.

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Examples For cark

  • 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.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 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.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Now, as I stood with scanty breath — for few men could have won that climb — at the top of the long defile, and the bottom of the mountain gorge all of myself, and the pain of it, and the cark of my discontent fell away into wonder and rapture.

    Lorna Doone

  • Set your mind to live merrily, in the name of God and good folks; let no other cark nor care be harboured within the sacrosanctified domicile of your celestial brain.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • They left the old room with its hauntings of a boy's search for gold, with, back of that, who might know what hauntings of ancient times and fortress doings, violences and agonies, subduings, revivings, cark and care and light struggling through, dark nights and waited-for dawns!


  • So they married one another, and that was the fine wedding they had, and if I were to be there then, I would not be here now; but I heard it from a birdeen that there was neither cark nor care, sickness nor sorrow, mishap nor misfortune on them till the hour of their death, and may the same be with me, and with us all!

    Celtic Fairy Tales

  • To all who love repose and shelter, freedom from the cares of money and the cark of fashion, and (in lieu of these) refreshing air, bright water, and green country, there is scarcely any valley left to compare with that of Springhaven.

    Springhaven : a Tale of the Great War

Notes For cark

The word 'cark' comes 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").