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[skahy-lahrk] /ˈskaɪˌlɑrk/
a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.
verb (used without object)
to frolic; sport:
The children were skylarking on the beach.
Origin of skylark
1680-90; sky + lark1
Related forms
skylarker, noun Unabridged
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  • I read his skylark—a winged flame—passionate as blood—tender as tears—pure as light.

  • I'll ask Sir Robert to let me have the 'skylark,' because his captain is so reliable.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • The skylark was now going up Belfast Bay, close-hauled, but still laying her course.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • "I will," laughed the skipper, who had kept one eye on the skylark all the time.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • But she heard the chirrup of the sparrows, the call of thrush and blackbird, and far away the hymn of praise of the skylark.

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Everything has been perfectly fair, and the skylark has beaten the Sea Foam.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • Besides, we'd better eat in the skylark most of the time, to keep our cook good-natured.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • If we can't build a boat as fast as the skylark, I want to know it.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • At length June arrived; and though winter lingered in spates, the song of the skylark and the thrush heralded the spring.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for skylark


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

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


"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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