Huggo, larking about in uniform long after he ought to have been out of it, was in immense feather with himself.
The crew, too, had taken it in the spirit of larking––at first.
"I was larking along with Gray and ran up agen him," said the man, in a sullen voice.
They understood perfectly the uncertain temper of "larking" woodsmen.
I have said that larking met with more than toleration—with sympathy.
In the morning, however, he was up singing and larking round the house.
"I wish you fellows would stop your larking out there," he cried.
"Dick and Alec larking again," observed the Commander dryly.
It is early afternoon yet, too, and the larking and license are as nothing to what may be expected before midnight.
We thought it was a cat at first, and then I thought there was no one there, and I was just larking.
"songbird," early 14c., earlier lauerche (c.1200), from Old English lawerce (late Old English laferce), from Proto-Germanic *laiw(a)rikon (cf. Old Saxon lewerka, Frisian liurk, Old Norse lævirik, Dutch leeuwerik, German Lerche), of unknown origin. Some Old English and Old Norse forms suggest a compound meaning "treason-worker," but there is no folk tale to explain or support this.
"spree, frolic," 1811, possibly shortening of skylark (1809), sailors' slang "play rough in the rigging of a ship" (larks were proverbial for high-flying), or from English dialectal lake/laik "to play" (c.1300, from Old Norse leika "to play," from PIE *leig- "to leap") with intrusive -r- common in southern British dialect. The verb lake, considered characteristic of Northern English vocabulary, is the opposite of work but lacks the other meanings of play. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Larked; larking.
A merry time •Chiefly British (1811+)
: This is no time to go larking (1813+)
[origin uncertain; perhaps fr an allusion to the bird, since skylark in the same sense is found somewhat earlier]