[ skahy-lahrk ]
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  1. a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.

verb (used without object)
  1. to frolic; sport: The children were skylarking on the beach.

Origin of skylark

First recorded in 1770–80; sky + lark1

Other words from skylark

  • skylarker, noun

Words Nearby skylark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use skylark in a sentence

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

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  • Until gasoline married into the skylark family, Bud did well enough to keep him contented out of a stock saddle.

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  • The skylark, you must know, was loaded with a valuable cargo of fine herrings, worth about 200 pounds.

  • Mr Jones quickly explained the circumstances of the loss of the skylark to the sympathetic captain.

  • The coals snapped in the grate and the firelight danced merrily on the skylark's cage and the copper kettle.

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  • When men would send thanks to the very gate of heaven their envoy should be a skylark.

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British Dictionary definitions for skylark


/ (ˈskaɪˌlɑːk) /

  1. an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height

  2. any of various Australian larks

  1. (intr) informal to romp or play jokes

Derived forms of skylark

  • skylarker, noun

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