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 formssky·lark·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of skylark

  • While Skylark is away, in the countryside, they chance upon a vitality that has evaded them for too many years.

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Historical Examples of skylark

  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

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    Oscar Wilde

  • But of all his poems, the most popular, and deservedly so, is the Skylark.

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  • The Skylark set off at as high an altitude as the Osnomians could stand.

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    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • Say, why don't you build a bus like the Skylark, and blow Mardonale off the map?

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • Seaton turned to the Skylark, motioning to Crane to open the door.

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British Dictionary definitions for skylark



an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
any of various Australian larks


(intr) informal to romp or play jokes
Derived Formsskylarker, noun
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Word Origin and History for skylark

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.

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