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skylark

[skahy-lahrk] /ˈskaɪˌlɑrk/
noun
1.
a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.
verb (used without object)
2.
to frolic; sport:
The children were skylarking on the beach.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; sky + lark1
Related forms
skylarker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for skylarked

skylark

/ˈskaɪˌlɑːk/
noun
1.
an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
2.
any of various Australian larks
verb
3.
(intransitive) (informal) to romp or play jokes
Derived Forms
skylarker, noun
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Word Origin and History for skylarked

skylark

n.

the common European lark, 1680s, from sky (n.) + lark (n.1). So called because it sings as it mounts toward the sky in flight.

v.

"to frolic or play," 1809, originally nautical, in reference to "wanton play about the rigging, and tops," probably from skylark (n.), influenced by (or from) lark (n.2). Related: Skylarked; skylarking.

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