care or worry.
Memory worked with it—the carking memory of a failure of courage.
Double Harness Anthony Hope
He was sensible of a dull, carking shame, and yet was shameless.
The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
In truth, it was so; heavy with the weariness caused by carking care.
Verner’s Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
Doubt—indefinite, carking doubt had taken possession of her.
Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
I reckon you are now preparing for your Wexford expedition; and poor Dingley is full of carking and caring, scolding.
The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
To stroll from one’s hotel to the famous promenade on a bright morning is to snap one’s fingers at carking care.
In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
And again Kirkwood sought Stryker, his carking query ready on his lips.
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
He had never dared to voice the carking fear that tightened about his heart at times.
Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
We meet only an embarrassment of choice when we start to unstring the chaplet of our carking cares.
The Simple Life Charles Wagner
A carking connoisseur is abusing some effort of an unhappy artist to portray nature.
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
an archaic word for worry (sense 1), worry (sense 2), worry (sense 11), worry (sense 13)
(intransitive) (Austral, slang) to break down; die
“to be weighed down or oppresssed by cares or worries, be concerned about,” early 12c., a figurative use, via Anglo-French from Old North French carkier “to load, burden,” from Late Latin carcare (see charge (v.)). Cf. Old North French carguer “charger,” corresponding to Old French chargier. The literal sense in English, “to load, put a burden on,” is from c.1300. Related: Carked; carking. Also as a noun in Middle English and after, “charge, responsibility; anxiety, worry; burden on the mind or spirit,” (c.1300), from Anglo-French karke, from Old North French form of Old French carche, variant of charge “load, burden, imposition.”
Scot. a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer. a miser; an extremely thrifty person. Archaic. a churl. Obsolete. a bondman. a male given name, form of Charles. Contemporary Examples But poor carl is still trudging along as if his assault never happened. The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, […]
Carolus [kar-uh-luh s] /ˈkær ə ləs/ (Show IPA), (Carl von Linné) 1707–78, Swedish botanist. Contemporary Examples Aristotle did make progress beyond earlier philosophers, just as Darwin advanced beyond Linnaeus and Cuvier. Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel Nick Romeo October 17, 2014 Linnaeus and Cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, […]
Carl (Carl Wilhelm Emil Anderson) 1875–1955, U.S. sculptor, born in Sweden. Historical Examples Malone must have set to work as soon as the books of Bryant and Milles appeared.12 At any rate, he rushed his essay into print. Cursory Observations on the Poems Attributed to Thomas Rowley (1782) Edmond Malone “Ma fois,” “paroles d’honneur,” “sacrs” […]
- Carl XVI Gustaf
(Charles XVI Gustavus) born 1946, king of Sweden since 1973 (grandson of Gustavus VI). noun born 1946, king of Sweden from 1973