- 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 larky
When he came on board at Sandridge, he looked as frisky and larky as a boy.A Boy's Voyage Round the World
The Son of Samuel Smiles
Get her to yourself, Ted, and she's as larky as they're made.Stingaree
E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
But pooty, and larky no doubt, so I tips her a wink and a smile.Punch Among the Planets
His eldest son, Bobby—a boy of about nine or ten—is said to be the most larky boy in the settlement.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
The larky German student generally keeps count, contenting himself with half a dozen lights per night.Three Men on the Bummel
Jerome K. Jerome
- frolicsome or mischievous
- 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 larky
"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 larky
In addition to the idiom beginning with lark
- lark it up
- happy as the day is long (as a lark)