Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of cark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Distressing; worrying; perplexing; corroding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Distressing; perplexing; giving anxiety: now scarcely used except in the phrase carking care or cares.
  • Worrying; fretful; anxious; solicitous.

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Examples

  • Do not," I said sternly to David Attenborough as the camera pulled back during Wednesday's episode of Frozen Planet BBC1 to reveal two polar bear cubs trotting gamely up to their mighty mother as she punched holes in the Arctic ice to find fishy food, "show me two polar bear cubs carking it tonight, Attenborough.

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  • Yet we had watched his smooth brow furrow and corrugate as under some carking care or devouring sorrow.

    The Minions of Midas

  • Day; or carking Cares to disturb her Sleep by Night; not being so divided from Neighbours, as to render it a Desart; nor so near, as to have their

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • Thus all is purged from the grossness of sense, from the carking cares and foul vices of the World; and rides there, on its Clothes-horse; as, on a Pegasus, might some skyey Messenger, or purified Apparition, visiting our low Earth.

    The Obama-Spears-Hilton photo-op.

  • A yellow girl79 whose court cures every carking care;

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Rossetti said of all his male friends, Hughes was the sweetest and had the most ingenuous nature, the least carking and querulous, and the freest from envy, hatred and malice, and all uncharitableness.

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  • Such is the nature of our intimate, carking, rueful relationship with William Holden, on the surface one of the Hollywood century's typical all-purpose leading men, but beneath it the keeper of poisoned secrets, and a living embodiment of America's postwar self-doubt and idealistic failure.

    William Holden--noir hero?

  • The young gentlemen were prematurely full of carking anxieties.

    Dombey and Son

  • Christine back to the time — the unreflecting passionate time, about two years before — when she and Nic had been incipient lovers only; and it made her forget the carking anxieties, the vision of social breakers ahead, that had begun to take the gilding off her position now.

    A Changed Man

  • The sense of her harassment, carking doubt of what might be impending, hung like a cowl of blackness over the Melbury household.

    The Woodlanders

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  • "Set free from carking care and amply provided for, we were able to give most of our time and energy to our real profession – which, of course, is Sapping – and so moving northward and then westward we presently arrived, after a leisurely but eventful journey, much of it very comfortably underground, at the eastern border of Bombardy."
    The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater, p 335 of the New York Review of Books edition

    July 19, 2013

  • "Set free from carking care and amply provided for, we were able to give most of our time and energy to our real profession – which, of course, is Sapping – and so moving northward and then westward we presently arrived, after a leisurely but eventful journey, much of it very comfortably underground, at the eastern border of Bombardy."
    The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater, p 335 of the New York Review of Books edition

    July 19, 2013