- An example of something that would be described as stark is a state of absolute poverty.
- An example of something that would be described as stark is a plain white room with no ornamentation.
The definition of stark is something harsh or barren in appearance.
- Archaic physically stiff or rigid
- rigorous; harsh; severe: stark discipline
- sharply outlined or prominent: one stark tree
- bleak; desolate; barren: stark wasteland
- emptied; stripped: stark shelves
- Archaic totally naked; bare
- grimly blunt; unsoftened, unembellished, etc.: stark realism
- sheer; utter; downright; unrelieved: stark terror
- Archaic strong; powerful
Origin of starkMiddle English starc ; from Old English stearc: see stare
in a stark manner; esp., utterly; wholly: stark mad
- Clearly distinguished or delineated: a stark contrast.
- a. Bare, desolate, or unadorned: an apartment with stark white walls; the stark beauty of the desert landscape.b. Severe or unmitigated; harsh or grim: “[They] found it hard to accept such a stark portrait of unrelieved failure” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
- Complete or utter; extreme: stark disbelief.
Utterly; entirely: stark raving mad.
Origin of starkMiddle English, stiff, severe, strong, from Old English stearc; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A surname.