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skylark

noun sky·lark \ ˈskī-ˌlärk \

Definition of skylark

1 : a common largely brown Old World lark (Alauda arvensis) noted for its song especially as uttered in flight
2 : any of various birds resembling the skylark

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First Known Use of skylark

circa 1680


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skylark

verb

Definition of skylark

intransitive verb
1 : to run up and down the rigging of a ship in sport
2 : frolic, sport

skylarker

noun

Examples of skylark in a Sentence

  1. couldn't resist the temptation to skylark as commencement ceremonies came to a close

  2. he spends his time joking and skylarking, but his brother is serious and industrious

Did You Know?

As far as we know, people were skylarking at sea before they were larking on land. Skylarking was originally a term used by seamen for their scampering about on the rigging of ships. The first known use of the word in print is from 1809, though the term was probably part of the sailor's vernacular before that. Lark, meaning "to engage in harmless fun or mischief," isn't attested in writing until 1813. Whether or not the meanings of these words came about from the song and/or behavior of birds is uncertain. One theory of the verb lark is that it began as a misinterpretation of the verb lake, which in British dialect means "to play or frolic."

First Known Use of skylark

1771


SKYLARK Defined for English Language Learners

skylark

noun

Definition of skylark for English Language Learners

  • : a small bird of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa that sings while it flies


SKYLARK Defined for Kids

skylark

noun sky·lark \ ˈskī-ˌlärk \

Definition of skylark for Students

: a European lark noted for its song


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