skylark

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A skylark.
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Etymology[edit]

From sky +‎ lark.

Verb sense 1809, originally nautical, possibly influenced by northern English dialectal term lake/laik(to play) (from Old Norse leika(to play (as opposed to work))); see lark for details.[1]

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Noun[edit]

skylark ‎(plural skylarks)

  1. A small brown passerine bird, Alauda arvensis, that sings as it flies high into the air.

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Verb[edit]

skylark ‎(third-person singular simple present skylarks, present participle skylarking, simple past and past participle skylarked)

  1. (dated, originally nautical) To jump about joyfully, frolic; to play around, play tricks.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      I cherished no malice towards him, though he had been skylarking with me not a little in the matter of my bedfellow.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ skylark” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Google Ngram Viewer: "skylark, skylarking"
    Peak usage 1900—1925, steady decline thereafter.
  • Cultural Studies Review, October 2008, p. 40:
    "...'skylarking' is a somewhat outmoded term..."