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  • n. A spirited adventure or quest.
  • v. Present participle of lark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Larky; frolicsome; of the nature of a lark.


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  • My wife is "larking" -- I am sorry to use such a word, but what she is pleased to tell me of her doings leaves me no alternative -- in London, whither I go on Thursday to fetch her back -- in chains, if necessary.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 3

  • Skylark, so named from his propensity for 'larking' and practical joking, is not only a favourite at school on account of his sunny disposition, but a real influence for good because of the uniform

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • Nearer they came and nearer, my heart beating fast as they strolled amongst the boats until they were actually "larking" round the one next to ours.

    Gulliver of Mars

  • Browning had written the passage which opens _The Princess_, descriptive of the "larking" of the villagers in the magnate's park, he would have spared us nothing; he would not have spared us the shrill uneducated voices and the unburied bottles of ginger beer.

    Robert Browning

  • They understood perfectly the uncertain temper of "larking" woodsmen.

    The Rainy Day Railroad War

  • It was more likely that he disapproved of my "larking" with the American boys and giving them a glove to divide in bits.

    The Heather-Moon

  • Here in the sacred shade the old women were knitting, gossipping, yawning, shuffling about; here the children were romping and "larking"; here, in a manner, were the open parlour, the nursery, the kindergarten and the < i > conversazione of the poor.

    Italian Hours

  • Ann was too big to go "larking" about with the girls, so she and Hanny, and one or two others, sat down on the soft, sunburned turf.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago

  • Never having seen this before in the eyes of any man who looked at her, she referred it to some vague "larking" or jocularity, for which she was in no mood.

    Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation

  • Being sheltered from the weather, it was a favourite promenade, but became so favourite a resort of the "larking" population -- male and female -- that the Colonnade was removed in the interests of social order and decorum.

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads


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