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A skylark.
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EtymologyEdit

From sky +‎ lark.

Verb sense 1809, originally nautical, possibly influenced by northern English dialectal term lake/laik (to play) (from Old Norse leika (to play (as opposed to work))); see lark for details.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskʌɪ.lɑːk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈskaɪ.lɑɹk/
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NounEdit

skylark (plural skylarks)

  1. A small brown passerine bird, Alauda arvensis, that sings as it flies high into the air.

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VerbEdit

skylark (third-person singular simple present skylarks, present participle skylarking, simple past and past participle skylarked)

  1. (dated, originally nautical) To jump about joyfully, frolic; to play around, play tricks.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 5:
      I cherished no malice towards him, though he had been skylarking with me not a little in the matter of my bedfellow.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ skylark” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  • Google Ngram Viewer: "skylark, skylarking"
    Peak usage 1900—1925, steady decline thereafter.
  • Cultural Studies Review, October 2008, p. 40:
    "...'skylarking' is a somewhat outmoded term..."