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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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Examples from the Web for skylarking
Historical Examples
  • "I—er—I imagined some of the students were skylarking," faltered the assistant.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • “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
  • Now, you youngsters, what are you skylarking away there for?

    Sunshine Bill W H G Kingston
  • They set off on their ramble, Tom and Gerald, and the other youngsters, skylarking as usual.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • Here, Chunky, take this new hand alongside of you, and see that there is no skylarking.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • All the time that he was singing the vespers he was skylarking like an imp.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • Nothing breakable in it except the crockery, and plenty of room for skylarking.

    Fernley House Laura E. Richards
  • Some of them were skylarking around Port Hudson and did not get any supper.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • “This skylarking at night must stop,” said the master of the Hall.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment Arthur M. Winfield
  • Sometimes it would be exercise, sometimes a bit of a play, or skylarking.

    Christmas Penny Readings George Manville Fenn
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
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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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