American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. High-spirited; zestful: "It's a very larky Nureyev whom we see—a buoyant imp who . . . cavorts in various disguises” ( Arlene Croce).
- adj. Silly; zany: "The filmmakers replace characterization with larky pop-culture references and associations” ( David Denby).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as larkish.
- adj. playful
- lark + -y (Wiktionary)
“As our happy-go-lucky chief was out in what may be termed a larky state of mind, and had nothing particular to do, he accepted the invitation.”
“That's Robert Wagner, who enjoyed his biggest success on Hart To Hart and It Takes A Thief, this larky series about an urbane jewel thief recruited to steal for the government when they're not free to act.”
“Here you'll find larky, quirky things," said Ms. Daniel.”
“Samantha Womack, who exited EastEnders after its contentious baby-snatching storyline, is larky in voice and sparky in demeanour but and this can't have been due to her broken toe has a disconcerting habit of swinging her arms up and down as if trying to take off.”
“Webb's tone throughout Food Britannia is standard-issue larky, with gallant jokes about not asking lady producers their ages and the effect that hard toffee can have on wobbly teeth.”
“A bit larky but not larky enough, I'm afraid, though again Dearden drops in some great tidbits, like the casual approach to a gay member of the team.”
“He appeared in the final Old Vic season (before the new National theatre was ensconced there in 1963), forging a friendship with the actor Vernon Dobtcheff, who remembers "an astringent mentor, an elegant guru and a larky friend" – one who would sail diagonally through the fierce traffic on the Waterloo Road with a cry of: "They wouldn't dare: they couldn't face the litigation.”
“Based on the Lope de Vega play Fuenteovejuna, about a Spanish village that rises against its tyrannical overlord, the ballet harks back to old peasant ballets from the previous century: cue larky drinking dances, cute lovers and comic village elders that could have come straight out of Coppélia or Don Quixote.”
“Others have the larky feel of Maverick, the great comic western starring James Garner.”
“Somehow the hats and the shoes, the gloves and the bags, the business-like suits and the spangled ballgowns don't add up into the woman, who was – at least until the protocol of the claustrophobic little principality stifled her – so dangerously larky and so frankly erotic.”
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