larking

lark

2 [lahrk]
noun
1.
a merry, carefree adventure; frolic; escapade.
2.
innocent or good-natured mischief; a prank.
3.
something extremely easy to accomplish, succeed in, or to obtain: That exam was a lark.
verb (used without object)
4.
to have fun; frolic; romp.
5.
to behave mischievously; play pranks.
6.
Fox Hunting. (of a rider) to take jumps unnecessarily: He tired his horse by larking on the way home.

Origin:
1805–15; origin uncertain

larker, noun
larkiness, larkishness, noun
larkingly, adverb
larkish, larky, adjective
larkishly, adverb
larksome, adjective
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lark1 (lɑːk)
 
n
1.  any brown songbird of the predominantly Old World family Alaudidae, esp the skylark: noted for their singing
2.  titlark short for meadowlark
3.  (often capital) any of various slender but powerful fancy pigeons, such as the Coburg Lark
4.  up with the lark up early in the morning
 
[Old English lāwerce, lǣwerce, of Germanic origin; related to German Lerche, Icelandic lǣvirki]

lark2 (lɑːk)
 
n
1.  a carefree adventure or frolic
2.  a harmless piece of mischief
3.  what a lark! how amusing!
 
vb
4.  (often foll by about) to have a good time by frolicking
5.  to play a prank
 
[C19: originally slang, perhaps related to laik]
 
'larker2
 
n
 
'larkish2
 
adj
 
'larkishness2
 
n

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lark
"songbird," O.E. lawerce (late O.E. laferce), from P.Gmc. *laiw(a)rikon (cf. O.S. lewerka, O.N. lævirik, Du. leeuwerik, Ger. Lerche), of unknown origin. Some O.E. and O.N. forms suggest a compound meaning "treason-worker," but there is no folk tale to explain or support this. The plant larkspur
(1578) is so called from resemblance to the bird's large hind claws.

lark
"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 Eng. dial. lake/laik "to play" (c.1300, from O.N. leika "to play") 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.
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