It was surprising that I even took such a dark role, but also, in the context of the role there are larky moments.
His book, he hopes, combines science, geopolitics, and larky history.
His eldest son, Bobby—a boy of about nine or ten—is said to be the most larky boy in the settlement.
But pooty, and larky no doubt, so I tips her a wink and a smile.
Get her to yourself, Ted, and she's as larky as they're made.
The larky German student generally keeps count, contenting himself with half a dozen lights per night.
There was with us a genial, pleasant, larky young fellow, one of the famous family of the MacCooks.
Neither was I lookin' on this as a sportin' flier or a larky excursion that I was goin' to indulge in at public expense.
When he came on board at Sandridge, he looked as frisky and larky as a boy.
She appears to have Irish virtue in excess, and I expect the larky would get short shrift from her.
"songbird," early 14c., earlier lauerche (c.1200), from Old English lawerce (late Old English laferce), from Proto-Germanic *laiw(a)rikon (cf. Old Saxon lewerka, Frisian liurk, Old Norse lævirik, Dutch leeuwerik, German Lerche), of unknown origin. Some Old English and Old Norse forms suggest a compound meaning "treason-worker," but there is no folk tale to explain or support this.
"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 English dialectal lake/laik "to play" (c.1300, from Old Norse leika "to play," from PIE *leig- "to leap") 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. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Larked; larking.
Playful; frolicsome; bantering •Chiefly British: began making larky plunges into show business (1841+)
A merry time •Chiefly British (1811+)
: This is no time to go larking (1813+)
[origin uncertain; perhaps fr an allusion to the bird, since skylark in the same sense is found somewhat earlier]