Definition of skylark in English:

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skylark

Pronunciation: /ˈskīˌlärk/

noun

A common Eurasian and North African lark of farmland and open country, noted for its prolonged song during hovering flight.
  • Genus Alauda, family Alaudidae: two species, in particular the widespread A. arvensis.
Example sentences
  • A typical farming village in this region attracts tree sparrows, black redstarts, gray partridge, skylarks, and hen harriers.
  • Songbirds such as the linnet, yellowhammer, skylark and song thrush to name but a few, are fast disappearing in our gardens and countryside.
  • And he found a number of bird species, such as the corn bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, skylark, linnet and yellow wagtail.

verb

[no object]
Pass time by playing tricks or practical jokes; indulge in horseplay: he was skylarking with a friend when he fell into a pile of boxes
Late 17th century (originally in nautical use): by association with the verb lark2
More example sentences
  • In the North, they would be swimming, roaming the wilderness, playing video games, or otherwise skylarking - or so Mark Twain implies.
  • By the end of the show, Ridge and Ellis had Laws bleating like a kidnapped baby goat: ‘We were doing all the work and they were skylarking!’
  • He was skylarking with mates over a few beers and took what he thought was an empty nail gun and pointed it at his head.

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Syllabification: sky·lark

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