Harold stark

[stahrk; for 2 also German shtahrk] /stɑrk; for 2 also German ʃtɑrk/

Harold Raynsford
[reynz-ferd] /ˈreɪnz fərd/ (Show IPA), 1880–1972, U.S. admiral.
[yoh-hah-nuh s] /yoʊˈhɑ nəs/ (Show IPA), 1874–1957, German physicist: Nobel prize 1919.
John, 1728–1822, American Revolutionary War general.
(usually prenominal) devoid of any elaboration; blunt: the stark facts
grim; desolate: a stark landscape
(usually prenominal) utter; absolute: stark folly
(archaic) severe; violent
(archaic or poetic) rigid, as in death (esp in the phrases stiff and stark, stark dead)
short for stark-naked
completely: stark mad
(stɑːk). Dame Freya (Madeline) (ˈfreɪə). 1893–1993, British traveller and writer, whose many books include The Southern Gates of Arabia (1936), Beyond Euphrates (1951), and The Journey’s Echo (1963)
(German) (ʃtark). Johannes (joˈhanəs). 1874–1957, German physicist, who discovered the splitting of the lines of a spectrum when the source of light is subjected to a strong electrostatic field (Stark effect, 1913): Nobel prize for physics 1919

Old English stearc “stiff, strong” (related to starian “to stare”), from Proto-Germanic *starkaz (cf. Old Norse sterkr, Old Frisian sterk, Middle Dutch starc, Old High German starah, German stark, Gothic *starks), from PIE root *ster- “stiff, rigid” (see stare).

Meaning “utter, sheer, complete” first recorded c.1400, perhaps from influence of common phrase stark dead (late 14c.), with stark mistaken as an intensive adjective. Sense of “bare, barren” is from 1833. Stark naked (1520s) is from Middle English start naked (early 13c.), from Old English steort “tail, rump.” Hence British slang starkers “naked” (1923).


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