a merry, carefree adventure; frolic; escapade.
innocent or good-natured mischief; a prank.
something extremely easy to accomplish, succeed in, or to obtain:
That exam was a lark.
verb (used without object)
to have fun; frolic; romp.
to behave mischievously; play pranks.
Fox Hunting. (of a rider) to take jumps unnecessarily:
He tired his horse by larking on the way home.
any brown songbird of the predominantly Old World family Alaudidae, esp the skylark: noted for their singing
short for titlark, meadowlark
(often capital) any of various slender but powerful fancy pigeons, such as the Coburg Lark
up with the lark, up early in the morning
a carefree adventure or frolic
a harmless piece of mischief
what a lark!, how amusing!
(often foll by about) to have a good time by frolicking
to play a prank
“fun, frolicking,” 1813, from present participle of lark (v.); see lark (n.2).
“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.
“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.
A merry time •Chiefly British (1811+)
: This is no time to go larking (1813+)
[origin uncertain; perhaps fr an allusion to the bird, since skylark in the same sense is found somewhat earlier]
In addition to the idiom beginning with lark
[lahrk] /lɑrk/ 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) 4. to have fun; frolic; romp. 5. to behave mischievously; play pranks. 6. Fox Hunting. (of a rider) […]
- Lark it up
Also, lark about . Have a noisy, exuberant good time. For example, We were larking it up when the supervisor walked in , or He’s always larking about at night . These expressions employ lark in the sense of “to frolic,” a usage dating from the early 1800s. Also see cut up
noun 1. a North American sparrow, Chondestes grammacus, having a distinctive brown-and-white facial pattern.
[lahrk-spur] /ˈlɑrkˌspɜr/ noun 1. any of several plants belonging to the genera Delphinium and Consolida, of the buttercup family, characterized by the spur-shaped formation of the calyx and petals. [lahrk-spur] /ˈlɑrkˌspɜr/ noun 1. a town in W California. /ˈlɑːkˌspɜː/ noun 1. any of various ranunculaceous plants of the genus Delphinium, with spikes of blue, pink, […]