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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Definitions for skylark

  1. To frolic; sport.
  2. A brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.

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Citations for skylark
"I know it Mr. Dennett, them young fellows will skylark, in my opinion the best thing for them is a little touch on the head with a marlin spike." Charles W. Dennett, "The Management of Mills," Transactions of the New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association, Volume 73
There were the times when we went along for a week and did not do a tap but eat, sleep, stand a trick at the wheel, a watch to the masthead, and skylark around the deck, and read, or have a quiet game of draw or whist or seven-up below. James Brendan Connolly, The seiners
Origin of skylark
1680-1690
Skylark as a verb is nautical in origin, recorded from 1809, in reference to "wanton play about the rigging, and tops."