—adj. 1. sheer, utter, downright, or complete: stark madness. 2. harsh, grim, or desolate, as a view, place, etc.: a stark landscape. 3. extremely simple or severe: a stark interior. 4. bluntly or sternly plain; not softened or glamorized: the stark reality of the schedule's deadline. 5. stiff or rigid in substance, muscles, etc.
6. rigid in death.
7. Archaic.strong; powerful; massive or robust.
—adv. 1. utterly, absolutely, or quite: stark mad. 2. Chiefly Scot. and North Eng.in a stark manner; stoutly or vigorously.
Pronunciation: (stärk; for 2 also Ger. shtärk),[key] —n. 1. Harold Rayns•ford Pronunciation: (rānz'furd),[key] 1880–1972, U.S. admiral.
2. Jo•han•nes Pronunciation: (yō-hä'nus),[key] 1874–1957, German physicist: Nobel prize 1919.
3. John, 1728–1822, American Revolutionary War general.