skylark

noun
sky·lark | \ˈskī-ˌlärk \

Definition of skylark 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

skylark

verb
skylarked; skylarking; skylarks

Definition of skylark (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to run up and down the rigging of a ship in sport

2 : frolic, sport

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Other Words from skylark

Verb

skylarker noun

Synonyms for skylark

Synonyms: Verb

dally, disport, frolic, play, recreate, rollick, sport, toy

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Verb

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."

Examples of skylark in a Sentence

Verb

couldn't resist the temptation to skylark as commencement ceremonies came to a close he spends his time joking and skylarking, but his brother is serious and industrious

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Numerous interlacing trails lead to the top, across meadows where skylarks breed. Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times, "Get a broad view of Scotland from Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of skylark

Noun

circa 1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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skylark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skylark

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

skylark

noun
sky·lark | \ˈskī-ˌlärk \

Kids Definition of skylark

: a European lark noted for its song

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