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
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
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
- 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 and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with lark
In addition to the idiom beginning with lark
- lark it up
- happy as the day is long (as a lark)