Portrait of Alexandre Dumas wearing a shirt similar to a sark.
An example of a sark is a nightshirt.
Origin of sarkMiddle English serke from Old English serc and Old Norse serkr
- (Scotland and Northern England) A shirt.
From Middle English sark, serk, serke, from Old English syrce, sirce, serce (“sark, shirt, shift, smock, tunic, corselet, coat of mail"), from Proto-Germanic *sarkiz (“shirt, armour, hauberk"), from Proto-Indo-European *swerg-, *swerk- (“clothes worn outside"), from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (“to arrange, tack, tie, unite"). Cognate with Scots sark, serk (“shirt, shift"), North Frisian serk (“shirt"), Danish sÃ¦rk (“gown, shirt"), Swedish sÃ¤rk (“shirt, chemise"), Icelandic serkur (“nightshirt").
(third-person singular simple present sarks, present participle sarking, simple past and past participle sarked)
- To cover with sarking, or thin boards.
- One of the Channel Islands.