There are 2 definitions of lark in English:


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Pronunciation: /lɑːk


1A small ground-dwelling songbird with elongated hind claws and a song that is delivered on the wing, typically crested and with brown streaky plumage.
  • Family Alaudidae: many genera and numerous species, e.g. the skylark and shorelark
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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 that are similar to the lark, e.g. 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.
1.2 informal A person who habitually gets up early and feels energetic early in the day. Often contrasted with owl.


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


be up with the lark

British Get out of bed very early in the morning: I wanted to leave early, and was up with the lark
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  • You'd think, wouldn't you, that after yesterday's attack of the walking dozes I'd have been up with the lark this morning, bright as something that's really, really bright that time of the morning?
  • When the children were small I'd be up with the lark; a cooked breakfast was on the table by 7.30 am.
  • Pet owners who get up with the lark to walk their dogs in a country park are fuming after penalty notices were slapped on their cars.

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There are 2 definitions of lark in English:


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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.
fun, amusement, amusing time, laugh, giggle, joke; escapade, prank, trick, game, jape, skylark, practical joke, stunt
informal leg-pull, put-on, gag, crack
(larks)antics, high jinks, horseplay, fooling about/around, mischief, devilry, roguery, clowning, tomfoolery
informal shenanigans
British informal monkey tricks, monkey business
North American informal didoes
dated sport
1.1 [usually with modifier] British informal An activity regarded as 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.
activity, undertaking, thing to do; hobby, pastime, task
informal business, caper


[no object] (lark about/around) British Back to top  
Enjoy oneself by behaving in a playful and mischievous way: he’s always joking and larking about in the office
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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.
fool about/around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, make mischief, monkey about/around, footle about/around, clown about/around, have fun, cavort, caper, romp, frolic, skylark
informal mess about/around, play up, act the (giddy) goat
British informal muck about/around, fanny about/around
archaic or humorous disport oneself


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



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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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