1. Stiff; rigid. Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark. (Spenser) His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone. (Spenser) Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff under the hoofs of vaunting enemies. (Shak) The north is not so stark and cold. (B. Jonson)
4. Severe; violent; fierce. In starke stours.
Origin: OE. Stark stiff, strong, AS. Stearc; akin to OS. Starc strong, D. Sterk, OHG. Starc, starah, G. & Sw. Stark, Dan. Staerk, Icel. Sterkr, Goth. Gastaorknan to become dried up, Lith. Stregti to stiffen, to freeze.