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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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Examples from the web for skylarking
  • One moment the kids were laughing and skylarking on the beach, yelling and chasing one another, sweating in the warm bright sun.
  • His efforts to ferret out the plotting he knows is afoot but can't foil make for hilarious skylarking.
  • Unless it is a time trial, part of the final day of the race is traditionally given over to skylarking, and so it was today.
  • The policeman thought he was skylarking, and was going to make him stop when he too, touched the wire with his foot.
British Dictionary definitions for skylarking

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 skylarking

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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