lark


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lark 1

 (lärk)
n.
1. Any of various birds of the family Alaudidae, found almost worldwide and having a melodious song, especially the skylark.
2. Any of several similar birds, such as the meadowlark.

[Middle English laveroc, larke, from Old English lāwerce.]

lark 2

 (lärk)
n.
1. A carefree or spirited adventure.
2. A harmless prank.
intr.v. larked, lark·ing, larks
To engage in spirited fun or merry pranks.

[Short for skylark, to frolic, or alteration of dialectal lake, play (from Middle English leik, laik, from Old Norse leikr).]

lark′er n.
lark′ish adj.
lark′y adj.

lark

(lɑːk)
n
1. (Animals) any brown songbird of the predominantly Old World family Alaudidae, esp the skylark: noted for their singing
2. (Animals) short for titlark, meadowlark
3. (Animals) (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
[Old English lāwerce, lǣwerce, of Germanic origin; related to German Lerche, Icelandic lǣvirki]

lark

(lɑːk)
n
1. a carefree adventure or frolic
2. a harmless piece of mischief
3. what a lark! how amusing!
vb (intr)
4. (often foll by about) to have a good time by frolicking
5. to play a prank
[C19: originally slang, perhaps related to laik]
ˈlarker n
ˈlarkish adj
ˈlarkishness n

lark1

(lɑrk)

n.
1. any of numerous chiefly Old World songbirds of the family Alaudidae,of open country, typically having drab plumage and a long hind claw.
2. any of various similar birds of other families, as the meadowlark.
[before 900; Middle English larke, Old English lāwerce]

lark2

(lɑrk)
n.
1. a merry, carefree adventure; frolic; escapade.
2. innocent or good-natured mischief; a prank.
v.i.
3. to have fun; frolic; romp.
4. to behave mischievously; play pranks.
[1805–15]
lark′er, n.

lark


Past participle: larked
Gerund: larking

Imperative
lark
lark
Present
I lark
you lark
he/she/it larks
we lark
you lark
they lark
Preterite
I larked
you larked
he/she/it larked
we larked
you larked
they larked
Present Continuous
I am larking
you are larking
he/she/it is larking
we are larking
you are larking
they are larking
Present Perfect
I have larked
you have larked
he/she/it has larked
we have larked
you have larked
they have larked
Past Continuous
I was larking
you were larking
he/she/it was larking
we were larking
you were larking
they were larking
Past Perfect
I had larked
you had larked
he/she/it had larked
we had larked
you had larked
they had larked
Future
I will lark
you will lark
he/she/it will lark
we will lark
you will lark
they will lark
Future Perfect
I will have larked
you will have larked
he/she/it will have larked
we will have larked
you will have larked
they will have larked
Future Continuous
I will be larking
you will be larking
he/she/it will be larking
we will be larking
you will be larking
they will be larking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been larking
you have been larking
he/she/it has been larking
we have been larking
you have been larking
they have been larking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been larking
you will have been larking
he/she/it will have been larking
we will have been larking
you will have been larking
they will have been larking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been larking
you had been larking
he/she/it had been larking
we had been larking
you had been larking
they had been larking
Conditional
I would lark
you would lark
he/she/it would lark
we would lark
you would lark
they would lark
Past Conditional
I would have larked
you would have larked
he/she/it would have larked
we would have larked
you would have larked
they would have larked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lark - North American songbirds having a yellow breastlark - North American songbirds having a yellow breast
American oriole, New World oriole, oriole - American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
genus Sturnella, Sturnella - a genus of passerine birds including the meadowlarks
eastern meadowlark, Sturnella magna - a meadowlark of eastern North America
Sturnella neglecta, western meadowlark - a meadowlark of western North America
2.lark - a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open countrylark - a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Anthus pratensis, meadow pipit - a common pipit that is brown above and white below; widely distributed in northern and central Europe and in Asia
3.lark - any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Alauda arvensis, skylark - brown-speckled European lark noted for singing while hovering at a great height
4.lark - any carefree episode
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
sexcapade - a sexual escapade; an illicit affair
Verb1.lark - play boisterously; "The children frolicked in the garden"; "the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; "The toddlers romped in the playroom"
play - be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"

lark

(Informal)
noun prank, game, fun, fling, romp, spree, revel, mischief, caper, frolic, escapade, skylark, gambol, antic, jape, rollick The children thought it was a great lark.
lark about fool around, play around, romp around, have fun, caper, frolic, cavort, gambol, muck around, make mischief, lark around, rollick, cut capers They complained about me larking about when they were trying to concentrate.

lark

noun
A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
Translations
قُبَّرَهمَرَح، لَهْو
чучулига
skřivanžert
=-lærkelærkeløjersjov
alaŭdo
aamuvirkkukiuruleivo
ševa
koránkelőpacsirta
ærsl; gletturlævirki
alauda
cīrulisdraiskulībajoks
škovránok
škrjanec
lärka
muziplikşakatarla kuşu

lark

1 [lɑːk] N (= bird) → alondra f
to get up or rise with the larklevantarse con las gallinas, madrugar mucho
see also happy A1

lark

2 [lɑːk] (esp Brit) N
1. (= joke) → broma f
what a lark!¡qué risa!, ¡qué divertido!
to do sth for a larkhacer algo por diversión or para divertirse
to have a lark with sbgastar una broma or tomar el pelo a algn
sod this for a lark!¡vaya lío!
2. (= business, affair) that ice-cream larkese asunto de los helados, ese tinglado de los helados
this dinner-jacket larkesto de ponerse esmoquin
lark about lark around VI + ADV (esp Brit) (= act foolishly) → hacer el tonto, hacer tonterías
stop larking about!¡basta de bromas!
to lark about with sthdivertirse con algo, jugar con algo

lark

[ˈlɑːrk] n
(= bird) → alouette f
(= joke) → rigolade f
to do sth for a lark → faire qch pour la rigolade, faire qch par rigolade
lark about
vifaire l'idiot
lark around
vifaire l'idiot

lark

1
n (Orn) → Lerche f; to be up with the larkmit den Hühnern aufstehen; as happy as a larkquietschfidel

lark

2
n (inf)
(esp Brit: = joke, fun, frolic) → Jux m (inf), → Spaß m, (Aus also) → Spass m; let’s go to the party, it’ll be a bit of a larkgehen wir zu der Party, das wird bestimmt lustig; that’s the best lark we’ve had for a long time!so viel Spaß haben wir schon lange nicht mehr gehabt!; what a lark!das ist (ja) zum Schreien or Schießen!; to do something for a larketw (nur) zum Spaß or aus Jux machen; to have a lark with somebodymit jdm zusammen Spaß haben
(Brit inf: = business, affair) this whole agency lark is …die ganze Geschichte mit der Agentur ist … (inf); I wouldn’t get involved in that larkauf so was or so ’ne Sache würde ich mich nicht einlassen (inf); politics and all that larkPolitik und der ganze Kram (inf); I don’t believe in all this horoscopes larkich glaube nicht an diesen Blödsinn mit den Horoskopen (inf)

lark

1 [lɑːk] n (bird) → allodola

lark

2 [lɑːk] n (Brit) (fam) (joke) → scherzo, gioco
for a lark → per scherzo
what a lark! → che spasso!
lark about lark around vi + adv to lark about (with) (Brit) (fam) → divertirsi (con)

lark1

(laːk) noun
a general name for several types of singing-bird, especially the skylark, which flies high into the air as it sings.

lark2

(laːk) noun
a piece of fun or mischief.
lark about/around
to play about in a rough and usually noisy manner.
References in classic literature ?
The first sound in the morning was her voice as she went about the house singing like a lark, and the last sound at night was the same cheery sound, for the girls never grew too old for that familiar lullaby.
Either of these last two birds is superior to the nightingale or the lark, though, in general, the American birds are less musical than those of Europe.
I've always used to get up with the lark, till I came under the petrifying influence of your turgid intellect.
It tickles the barkeeper till he can't rest, it makes a charming lark for the young folks, it don't do anybody any harm, it don't cost a rap, and it keeps up the place's reputation for making all comers happy and content.
Though there was nothing very airy about Miss Murdstone, she was a perfect Lark in point of getting up.
Only when the lark shall mate with the nightingale, and the honey-bee and the clock-beetle keep house together, shall I wed another maid.
His is the passing of no peaceful ghost, Which, as the lark arises to the sky,
There were shoulders, legs, and loins, shaped like those of mutton, and very well dressed, but smaller than the wings of a lark.
They must have been dining, sir, and seemed more inclined to lark about than to listen to good music.
When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark, And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark, But, when the tide rises and sharks are around, His voice has a timid and tremulous sound]
By 1884, gathered around Gilliland in Boston and the Western Electric in Chicago, there came to be a group of mechanics and high-school graduates, very young men, mostly, who had no reputations to lose; and who, partly for a living and mainly for a lark, plunged into the difficulties of this new business that had at that time little history and less prestige.
As they grew up, the father of Quiteria made up his mind to refuse Basilio his wonted freedom of access to the house, and to relieve himself of constant doubts and suspicions, he arranged a match for his daughter with the rich Camacho, as he did not approve of marrying her to Basilio, who had not so large a share of the gifts of fortune as of nature; for if the truth be told ungrudgingly, he is the most agile youth we know, a mighty thrower of the bar, a first-rate wrestler, and a great ball-player; he runs like a deer, and leaps better than a goat, bowls over the nine-pins as if by magic, sings like a lark, plays the guitar so as to make it speak, and, above all, handles a sword as well as the best.