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

Examples from the Web for skylarking

Historical Examples of skylarking

  • No skylarking about, and I never have to wait a minute for a plank.

  • After all,” said Terry, “it may have been some skylarking boys trying to steal the college apples.

  • “Dickey is fonder of skylarking than shooting the stars,” remarked Harry, laughing.

  • The punchers were a reckless, joyous crew, skylarking in anticipation of the towns of the plains.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White

  • Nothing breakable in it except the crockery, and plenty of room for skylarking.

    Fernley House

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for skylarking



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 skylarking



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper