- 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 larking
There he was, larking with Miss Harris, but I took no notice of him at all. 'Australia Revenged
The crew, too, had taken it in the spirit of larking––at first.Billy Topsail & Company
They understood perfectly the uncertain temper of "larking" woodsmen.The Rainy Day Railroad War
In the morning, however, he was up singing and larking round the house.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
She and the young one have gone off larking, for wild flowers, I believe.A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia
Amanda Minnie Douglas
- 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 larking
"fun, frolicking," 1813, from present participle of lark (v.); see lark (n.2).
"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.