from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

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  • adj. playful

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as larkish.


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lark +‎ -y


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "Here you'll find larky, quirky things," said Ms. Daniel.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • Others have the larky feel of Maverick, the great comic western starring James Garner.

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  • 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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