Origin of sarkMiddle English serke from Old English serc and Old Norse serkr
Portrait of Alexandre Dumas wearing a shirt similar to a sark.
An example of a sark is a nightshirt.
- (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.
- Blue Sark or blue shirt) of the old Norsemen, their first landmark on their way from Iceland to the ester Bygd, the present Julianehaab district, on the south-west coast of Greenland.
- It is separated from England by the Solway Firth, the Sark, Scotsdyke (an old embankment in 55°3' N., connecting the Sark with the Esk), the Esk (for one mile), the Liddel, the Kershope, the Cheviot Hills, the Tweed and a small area known as the " liberties " of Berwick.
- BERSERKER (from the "Sark" or shirt of the "bear," or other animal-skins worn by them), in Scandinavian mythology, the name of the twelve sons of the hero Berserk, grandson of the eight-handed Starkadder and Alfhilde.
- The short land-frontier of England with Scotland (its length is only loo m.) is in great measure a physical boundary, as considerable lengths of it are formed on the east side by the river Tweed, and on the west by Kershope Burn, Liddel Water, and the river Sark; while for the rest it follows pretty closely the summit of the Cheviot Hills, whose highest point is the Cheviot (2676 ft.).
- It cuts across country due west to the Sark, which it follows to the river's mouth at the head of the Solway Firth.