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attributive Causing distress or worry.‘her carking doubts’
- ‘Who does not desire to be hospitable to his friends, generous to the poor, liberal to all, munificent to his children, and to be himself free from the carking fear which poverty creates?’
- ‘Yet, I think, it would be hard to argue against the notion that the individual who works to understand why he hates himself will end up with a different character from the person who quiets his carking inner voices with chemical cocktails.’
Mid 16th century: present participle of Middle English cark ‘worry, burden’, from Old Northern French carkier, based on late Latin carcare (see charge).
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