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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
lark1 /lɑrk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Birdsa songbird living in the open country, or similar bird, as the meadowlark.

lark2 /lɑrk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a merry, carefree adventure;
    frolic;
    escapade:had a lark at the party.
  2. innocent or good-natured mischief;
    something done as a joke;
    prank.

v. [no object]
  1. to have fun;
    frolic;
    romp.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
lark1  (lärk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsany of numerous, chiefly Old World oscine birds, of the family Alaudidae, characterized by an unusually long, straight hind claw, esp. the skylark, Alauda arvensis.
  2. Birdsany of various similar birds of other families, as the meadowlark and titlark.
  • bef. 900; Middle English larke, Old English lāwerce; cognate with German Lerche, Dutch leeuwerik, Old Norse lǣvirki

lark2  (lärk),USA pronunciation n. 
  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.

v.i. 
  1. to have fun;
    frolic;
    romp.
  2. to behave mischievously;
    play pranks.
  3. Sport[Fox Hunting.](of a rider) to take jumps unnecessarily:He tired his horse by larking on the way home.
larker, n. 
larki•ness, larkish•ness, n. 
larking•ly, adv. 
larkish, larky, adj. 
larkish•ly, adv. 
larksome, adj. 
  • origin, originally uncertain 1805–15


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

lark /lɑːk/ n
  1. any brown songbird of the predominantly Old World family Alaudidae, esp the skylark: noted for their singing
  2. short for titlark
Etymology: Old English lāwerce, lǣwerce, of Germanic origin; related to German Lerche, Icelandic lǣvirki
lark /lɑːk/ informal n
  1. a carefree adventure or frolic
  2. a harmless piece of mischief
vb (intransitive)
  1. (often followed by about) to have a good time by frolicking
  2. to play a prank
Etymology: 19th Century: originally slang, perhaps related to laik

ˈlarkish adj



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