Origin of lark1
- a merry, carefree adventure; frolic; escapade.
- innocent or good-natured mischief; a prank.
- something extremely easy to accomplish, succeed in, or to obtain: That exam was a lark.
- to have fun; frolic; romp.
- to behave mischievously; play pranks.
- Fox Hunting. (of a rider) to take jumps unnecessarily: He tired his horse by larking on the way home.
Origin of lark2
Examples from the Web for lark
Contemporary Examples of lark
Free Crimea, we ultimately discover, is the work of a drunken Brit on a lark.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
But what started as a lark became a professional passion for Holland.Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists
February 26, 2014
The idea was conceived by a food scientist at Brigham Young University, who added dry ice to the cultured dairy on a lark.The 21 Worst Food Ideas Ever
September 7, 2013
Like so many young girls, she tried modeling as a lark, a way of escaping the humdrum and finding glamour.Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington’s Memoir Offers Few Revelations
November 20, 2012
Mercury on a lark in your opposite sign calls for expressions that run counter to the woulda-shoulda-coulda loop in your mind.What the Stars Hold for Your Week, June 26-July 2, 2011
Starsky + Cox
June 26, 2011
Historical Examples of lark
Moreover, what was so real for her was only too plainly a lark for him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Though you go to bed with the nightingale, you rise with the lark.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
No one who works on a morning newspaper ever takes advantage of the lark's example.A Woman Intervenes
Rather a lark I might have thought it but for the false military title.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
And now their voices seemed to them as clear as the notes of a lark.The Fortune of the Rougons
Word Origin for lark
- a carefree adventure or frolic
- a harmless piece of mischief
- what a lark! how amusing!
- (often foll by about) to have a good time by frolicking
- to play a prank
Word Origin for lark
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with lark
- lark it up
- happy as the day is long (as a lark)