\ ˈlärk How to pronounce lark (audio) \

Definition of lark

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of a family (Alaudidae) of chiefly Old World ground-dwelling songbirds that are usually brownish in color especially : skylark — compare meadowlark

Definition of lark (Entry 2 of 3)

: a source of or quest for amusement or adventure thought life was a lark entered the race on a lark


larked; larking; larks

Definition of lark (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to engage in harmless fun or mischief often used with about

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larker noun

Examples of lark in a Sentence

Verb we would rather lark about in the summer than get part-time jobs

First Known Use of lark

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lark

Noun (1)

Middle English laveroc, laverke, from Old English lāwerce; akin to Old High German lērihha lark

Verb and Noun (2)

probably alteration of lake to frolic

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The first known use of lark was before the 12th century

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“Lark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lark. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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\ ˈlärk How to pronounce lark (audio) \

Kids Definition of lark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually brownish bird of Europe and Asia that has a pleasant song



Kids Definition of lark (Entry 2 of 2)

: something done for fun or adventure She entered the contest on a lark.

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