Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of skylark.
  • n. Playing around; frolicking; originally, running about the rigging of a vessel for fun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of running about the rigging of a vessel in sport; hence, frolicking; scuffing; sporting; carousing.

Etymologies

From skylark +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Two of the men were what you call skylarking, and running one way while the child was running the other.

    One of the 28th A Tale of Waterloo

  • The song of the skylark sounds pooty, but "skylarking" song's better fun,

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, August 15, 1891

  • Transylvania, that "skylarking" in the centre of a main-travelled road where, at the best of times, electricity literally drips off one's stanchions and screw blades, is unnecessary.

    Actions and Reactions

  • That strict gentleman had recently been annoyed by the "skylarking" of girlish passengers who had tried

    Dorothy's Travels

  • But though he curbed his tendency to profitless and hurtful "skylarking," he had far too much of the Berserker blood of his ancestors -- those rough old vikings who "despised mail and helmet and went into battle unharnessed" -- to become altogether gentle in manners or occupation.

    Historic Boys Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

  • There was a great deal of "skylarking" done in the cabin, as well as on deck, during the next hour, but one by one the boys below dropped asleep, and those on deck were soon tired of play, and called upon

    Little By Little or, The Cruise of the Flyaway

  • A constant carousal, therefore, was kept up, and drinking, singing, dancing, and "skylarking" were practised from morning to night.

    Ran Away to Sea

  • When he and a line of comrades extending across the footway -- say of that solitary mountain-spur of the Abruzzi, the Waterloo Road -- advance towards me 'skylarking' among themselves, my purse or shirt-pin is in predestined peril from his playfulness.

    The Uncommercial Traveller

  • The mood is one of hope, lambent optimism for the future, and the streets are busy: wares, from hammocks to human hair brushes to hawksbill turtle shells, are being hawked with zest; horse-drawn buggies spindle in and about the cobblestone streets; children are skylarking in the alleys.

    Richard Bangs: Nic' of Time

  • Here's an example of a skylarking Cassin's sparrow although this male isn't "fixing" his wings before circling downward; I guess he missed the memo describing the correct display flight: Population numbers of Cassin's sparrows can vary widely in response to summer rainfall.

    Mystery bird: Cassin's sparrow, Peucaea cassinii

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  • "Hey! Stop throwing that ball in the hall! No skylarking in the dorm!"

    March 14, 2007