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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
First recorded in 1680-90; sky + lark1
Related forms
skylarker, noun Unabridged
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  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • But of all his poems, the most popular, and deservedly so, is the skylark.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • The skylark set off at as high an altitude as the Osnomians could stand.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • Seaton turned to the skylark, motioning to Crane to open the door.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • Say, why don't you build a bus like the skylark, and blow Mardonale off the map?

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • How could he be so very uncouth, and yet write the 'skylark'?

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • I'll ask Sir Robert to let me have the 'skylark,' because his captain is so reliable.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • While the skylark does not seek to be near persons, yet it is not afraid of them.

  • The Indian skylark (Alauda gulgula) is common on the Nilgiris.

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.

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