Meaning of “stark” in the English Dictionary

"stark" in British English

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uk /stɑːk/ us /stɑːrk/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈstɑːk.nəs/ us /ˈstɑːrk.nəs/


uk /stɑːk/ us /stɑːrk/

completely or extremely:

The children were splashing in the river, stark naked.
If I didn't exercise, I think I'd go raving mad (UK also stark staring mad) from sitting at a desk all day.

(Definition of “stark” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stark" in American English

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starkadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /stɑrk/

empty or without decoration:

stark white walls

Stark also means completely clear:

The dim halls made a stark contrast with the bright, sun-drenched apartment.
stark naked

Someone who is stark naked is not wearing any clothes.

(Definition of “stark” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)