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skylark

[skahy-lahrk]
noun
  1. a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to frolic; sport: The children were skylarking on the beach.
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Origin of skylark

First recorded in 1680–90; sky + lark1
Related formssky·lark·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for skylarker

skylark

noun
  1. an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
  2. any of various Australian larks
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verb
  1. (intr) informal to romp or play jokes
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Derived Formsskylarker, noun
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Word Origin and History for skylarker

skylark

n.

the common European lark, 1680s, from sky (n.) + lark (n.1). So called because it sings as it mounts toward the sky in flight.

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skylark

v.

"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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