verb (used without object)
  1. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for skylarker


  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 Formsskylarker, noun
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Word Origin and History for skylarker



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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