One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object Originally: to make stark or strong, to strengthen. Now especially: to expose or emphasize the starkness of; to render severe or uncompromising; to delineate in sharp relief.
2no object To become stiff; (of liquid) to coagulate, solidify. Also with object: to make stiff, thicken. Compare "stark". Now English regional and Irish English (northern).
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From stark + -en.
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