from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly Old World birds of the family Alaudidae, especially the skylark, having a sustained, melodious song.
- n. Any of several similar birds, such as the meadowlark.
- n. A carefree or spirited adventure.
- n. A harmless prank.
- intransitive v. To engage in spirited fun or merry pranks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A romp, frolic, some fun.
- n. A prank.
- v. To sport, engage in harmless pranking.
- v. To frolic, engage in carefree adventure.
- n. Any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae.
- n. Any of various similar-appearing birds, but usually ground-living, such as the meadowlark and titlark.
- n. One who wakes early; one who is up with the larks.
- v. To catch larks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A frolic; a jolly time.
- intransitive v. To sport; to frolic.
- n. Any one numerous species of singing birds of the genus Alauda and allied genera (family Alaudidæ). They mostly belong to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. In America they are represented by the shore larks, or horned larks, of the genus Otocoris. The true larks have holaspidean tarsi, very long hind claws, and, usually, dull, sandy brown colors.
- intransitive v. To catch larks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small oscine passerine bird of the family Alaudidæ.
- n. A bird like or likened to a lark, but not one of the Alaudidæ: with a distinguishing prefix: as, the titlark, meadow-lark, bunting-lark, bushlark, horse-lark, etc. Such birds are chiefly the titlarks or pipits (see Anthus), and various kinds of finches and buntings.
- n. A kind of sandpiper.
- To catch or hunt larks.
- n. A merry or hilarious adventure; a jovial prank or frolic; sport: as, to go on a lark.
- To frolic; make sport; do anything in a sportive haphazard way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
- v. play boisterously
- n. any carefree episode
- n. North American songbirds having a yellow breast
- n. a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage
Middle English laveroc, larke, from Old English lāwerce.
Short for skylark, to frolic, or alteration of dialectal lake, play (from Middle English leik, laik, from Old Norse leikr).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain, either (Wiktionary)
From Middle English larke, laverke, from Old English lāwerce, lǣwerce, lāuricæ, from Proto-Germanic *laiwazikōn (compare West Frisian dialect larts, Dutch leeuwerik, German Lerche), from *laiwaz (borrowed into Finnish leivo, Estonian lõo). (Wiktionary)