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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Carking Distressing; worrying; perplexing; corroding; as, carking cares.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • carking Distressing; perplexing; giving anxiety: now scarcely used except in the phrase carking care or cares.
    • carking Worrying; fretful; anxious; solicitous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Carking distressing, causing anxiety
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cearig, careful, anxious—caru, cearu, care. See Care.


In literature:

And this was the carking secret!
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
That night carking care sat beside Melbury's pillow, and his stiff limbs tossed at its presence.
"The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
With it, he was free from these carking cares that were making his mind foul and muddy.
"Margret Howth, A Story of To-day" by Rebecca Harding Davis
The young gentlemen were prematurely full of carking anxieties.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
Then, too, there would be no end of disputes and carking anxieties if she attempted to save her furniture from their clutches.
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
Yet we had watched his smooth brow furrow and corrugate as under some carking care or devouring sorrow.
"Moon-Face and Other Stories" by Jack London
If she had been like all the other women in whose company he had eaten passion-fruit, he would not have felt this carking humiliation.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
I reckon you are now preparing for your Wexford expedition; and poor Dingley is full of carking and caring, scolding.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
And again Kirkwood sought Stryker, his carking query ready on his lips.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
She had got rid of the awe with which Mother Carke had inspired her.
"J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 5" by J.S. Le Fanu
Should you not like to dwell here for ever, far away from the carking cares and troubles of the world?
"A Trip to Venus" by John Munro
With it, cark and care; without it, ditchwater!
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Carke, i, 44, care, sorrow, anxiety.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
In truth, it was so; heavy with the weariness caused by carking care.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
And if they were, would carking care, Not wrinkle boy-brow prematurely?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 31, 1892" by Various
With his large family and slender salary he was never free from carking cares and want.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Thus, full of carking care, while he pushed aside the proffered consolation, Roger Acton walked abroad.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
No carking doubts of the truth and purity of her love would ever embitter his happiness.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
We meet only an embarrassment of choice when we start to unstring the chaplet of our carking cares.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
She has fallen asleep there, as she so often does, for youth and health defy carking cares.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

What days of strain, what nights of stress
Can cark a throne,
Even one maintained in peacefulness,
I too have known.
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
He is dead, and never word of blame
Or praise of him his spirit hears,
Sacred, secure from cark of fame,
From sympathy of useless tears.
"Requies" by Thomas MacDonagh
"I fly around my narrow cage,
I sing the song that gladdens you,
But carking care thy thoughts engage,
While walking free, 'neath heaven's blue.
"To A Canary" by Thomas Frederick Young
No sound disturbs the silence sweet,
The weary birds have sunk to rest;
For where the snow and sunset meet
The light is fading in the west,
And now the carking cares of day
Slip lightly from my heart away.
"Under The Stars" by John Lawson Stoddard
Lo! the pine wood is a temple where the days meet to worship,
Laying their cark and care for the nonce aside,
God, who made it, keeps it as a witness to Him forever,
Walking in it, as a garden, at eventide.
"Among the Pines" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Thy coming found us poor indeed,
Unsheltered from the blasts that blow, — No sacred Zion where in need,
Earth's sad and sorrowing ones might go;
And leave this world of care and doubt,
With all its carking fears without.
"A Holy Messenger" by James Madison Bell