There are 2 definitions of lark in English:

lark1

Syllabification: lark
Pronunciation: /lärk
 
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noun

1A small ground-dwelling songbird, typically with brown streaky plumage, a crest, and elongated hind claws, and with a song that is delivered in flight.
  • Family Alaudidae: many genera and numerous species, e.g., the skylark
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  • In addition to communicating through song, larks will raise the crest of feathers in their head during agonistic and courtship displays.
  • For example, several lineages typically excluded from the nine-primaried oscines do have nine functional primaries per wing (e.g. larks and wagtails).
  • While I was out in the desert I watched a crested lark hovering about 100 feet off the ground singing its heart out.
1.1Used in names of birds of other families similar to the lark, e.g., the meadowlark.
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  • Many, in times past, closely observed the movements of the bog lark, a bird you don't see that much nowadays.
  • And then, when I got there, still without seeing the meadow lark, there was a verdant patch of wild valerian basking in the sun and another corner with another patch of sunlight a little further on.
  • Horned larks appear to come into the Hamlet to feed on grit and seeds.

Origin

Old English lāferce, lǣwerce; related to Dutch leeuwerik and German Lerche; of unknown ultimate origin.

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There are 2 definitions of lark in English:

lark2

Syllabification: lark
Pronunciation: /lärk
 
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informal

noun

1Something done for fun, especially something mischievous or daring; an amusing adventure or escapade: I only went along for a lark
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  • The DVD comes in a huge box that's about twice the size of any DVD set you could name (overcompensating perhaps?) and it's got quite a few extras that might even entice prudes to buy it for a lark.
  • At the now locked gates he meets twins Isabelle and Theo, who promptly invite him home to meet their parents for a lark.
  • Apparently some of the stages will be near by (in Portmore), who knows, maybe I'll go and watch them for a lark.
1.1 [usually with modifier] chiefly British Used to suggest that an activity is foolish or a waste of time: he’s serious about this music lark
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  • The consensus was that there had to be something in this astrology lark, and what did I know, I'm only an astronomy graduate.
  • It's basically a working-class mindset, he said: ‘This showbiz lark can't last.’
  • It all seems so simple from this perspective. I could get used to this evil genius lark.

verb

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Enjoy oneself by behaving in a playful and mischievous way: he jumped the fence to go larking the rest of the day
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  • He was always larking around in the dressing room and getting told off for messing around, so a move into comedy seemed natural enough.
  • Her male co-host was telling jokes and larking about.
  • And the rest of the lads lark about and laugh at a misshapen nude.

Origin

early 19th century: perhaps from dialect lake 'play', from Old Norse leika, but compare with skylark in the same sense, which is recorded earlier.

Derivatives

larkish

adjective
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  • It's one thing to make a deliberately stream-of-consciousness, multi-character comedy or drama, but to follow up a larkish film founded on tightness of plot with a rootless, aimless sequel?
  • On the whole women are more larkish than men and we all become increasingly lark-like as we get older.
  • The result is a master class in comedy, in all its cruel, larkish, obsessive creativity.

larky

adjective
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  • People always think of me as being quite larky.
  • The larky, willed optimism of the book is revealed, too, by the action: the hero ‘goes through everything and undergoes nothing.’
  • A larky contest with a local bigwig who wants her removed from the street ends with neighbourliness all round.

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