larking


noun

  1. a merry, carefree adventure; frolic; escapade.
  2. innocent or good-natured mischief; a prank.
  3. something extremely easy to accomplish, succeed in, or to obtain: That exam was a lark.

verb (used without object)

  1. to have fun; frolic; romp.
  2. to behave mischievously; play pranks.
  3. Fox Hunting. (of a rider) to take jumps unnecessarily: He tired his horse by larking on the way home.

noun

  1. any brown songbird of the predominantly Old World family Alaudidae, esp the skylark: noted for their singing
  2. short for titlark, meadowlark
  3. (often capital) any of various slender but powerful fancy pigeons, such as the Coburg Lark
  4. up with the lark up early in the morning

noun

  1. a carefree adventure or frolic
  2. a harmless piece of mischief
  3. what a lark! how amusing!

verb (intr)

  1. (often foll by about) to have a good time by frolicking
  2. to play a prank

n.“fun, frolicking,” 1813, from present participle of lark (v.); see lark (n.2). n.1“songbird,” early 14c., earlier lauerche (c.1200), from Old English lawerce (late Old English laferce), from Proto-Germanic *laiw(a)rikon (cf. Old Saxon lewerka, Frisian liurk, Old Norse lævirik, Dutch leeuwerik, German Lerche), of unknown origin. Some Old English and Old Norse forms suggest a compound meaning “treason-worker,” but there is no folk tale to explain or support this. n.2“spree, frolic,” 1811, possibly shortening of skylark (1809), sailors’ slang “play rough in the rigging of a ship” (larks were proverbial for high-flying), or from English dialectal lake/laik “to play” (c.1300, from Old Norse leika “to play,” from PIE *leig- “to leap”) with intrusive -r- common in southern British dialect. The verb lake, considered characteristic of Northern English vocabulary, is the opposite of work but lacks the other meanings of play. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Larked; larking. In addition to the idiom beginning with lark

  • lark it up
  • also see:

  • happy as the day is long (as a lark)
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