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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
1680-90; sky + lark1
Related forms
skylarker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for skylarking
Historical Examples
  • Women and children did not shoot, therefore the safest place for nesting and skylarking was among these very women and children.

    The Arm-Chair at the Inn F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "I—er—I imagined some of the students were skylarking," faltered the assistant.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Two fellows were skylarking, but they stopped suddenly at the unusual sight of a gal.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • “You were skylarking then, my lad, and the ship was not pitching and tumbling about as she now is,” he said.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • More people would be strolling and skylarking along the chapel path, supposing she could have found it.

  • Now, you youngsters, what are you skylarking away there for?

    Sunshine Bill W H G Kingston
  • As they came closer to us we could hear them laughing and talking and skylarking, like a lot of boys.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • They set off on their ramble, Tom and Gerald, and the other youngsters, skylarking as usual.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • skylarking is all right,” whispered Jo to his comrade in mischief, “but this sealarking is different.

  • Here, Chunky, take this new hand alongside of you, and see that there is no skylarking.

    Down the Slope James Otis
British Dictionary definitions for skylarking


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for skylarking



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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