skylark

[skahy-lahrk]
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:
1680–90; sky + lark1

skylarker, noun
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skylark (ˈskaɪˌlɑːk)
 
n
1.  an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
2.  any of various Australian larks
 
vb
3.  informal (intr) to romp or play jokes
 
'skylarker
 
n

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skylark
the common European lark, 1686, from sky + lark. The verb meaning "to frolic or play" is recorded from 1809, originally nautical, in ref. to "wanton play about the rigging, and tops."
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Example sentences
One moment the kids were laughing and skylarking on the beach, yelling and chasing one another, sweating in the warm bright sun.
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.
His efforts to ferret out the plotting he knows is afoot but can't foil make for hilarious skylarking.
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