Definition of skylark in US English:



  • A common Eurasian and North African lark of farmland and open country, noted for its prolonged song during hovering flight.

    Genus Alauda, family Alaudidae: two species, in particular the widespread A. arvensis

    • ‘A typical farming village in this region attracts tree sparrows, black redstarts, gray partridge, skylarks, and hen harriers.’
    • ‘And from that point on, no skylark or sparrow or finch within a bull's roar of Wainui Beach was safe.’
    • ‘In summer this is a green and lush place, the haunt of meadow pipits and skylarks.’
    • ‘The air was full of the scents of sage and wild thyme, and the song of the skylark.’
    • ‘Set in wide margins they provide food and cover for wildlife, while the high grass shelters partridge, tree sparrows and skylarks.’
    • ‘For example, an adult skylark was found with 48 weevils in its stomach.’
    • ‘A number of these will be well known to golfers such as, the red-necked phalarope, the blacktailed godwit and the skylark to name but a few.’
    • ‘Now the sound is as rare as the song of the skylark.’
    • ‘It would be like trying to hear a distant skylark's song standing beside the M1 during the rush hour.’
    • ‘Listen carefully, and you might hear the uplifting song of the skylark.’
    • ‘Because the road is rough and long, shall we despise the skylark's song?’
    • ‘This will create the right conditions for wildlife to flourish like voles, skylarks and meadow pipits.’
    • ‘One of its most important roles is as a habitat for ground-nesting birds, including the increasingly-rare skylarks and meadow pipits.’
    • ‘Songbirds such as the linnet, yellowhammer, skylark and song thrush to name but a few, are fast disappearing in our gardens and countryside.’
    • ‘Earlier this month the area between seven and six furlongs was flailed and the nesting skylarks took flight.’
    • ‘The soaring song of the skylark, Percy Bysshe Shelley observed nearly 200 years ago, is like an unending ‘crystal stream’.’
    • ‘And he found a number of bird species, such as the corn bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, skylark, linnet and yellow wagtail.’
    • ‘Other birds to benefit nationally include song thrushes, red kites, skylarks and nightjars.’
    • ‘The valley supports important populations of more than 80 birds, including skylarks and barn owls.’
    • ‘If we did that, we would destroy the nests of the skylark and meadow pipit, which is illegal.’
    fun, amusement, amusing time, laugh, giggle, joke
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  • Pass time by playing tricks or practical jokes; indulge in horseplay.

    ‘he was skylarking with a friend when he fell into a pile of boxes’
    • ‘By the end of the show, Ridge and Ellis had Laws bleating like a kidnapped baby goat: ‘We were doing all the work and they were skylarking!’’
    • ‘In the North, they would be swimming, roaming the wilderness, playing video games, or otherwise skylarking - or so Mark Twain implies.’
    • ‘And we conclude this linguistic skylarking with this from AVP Australia.’
    • ‘I've yet to catch him up the riggings with the other boys - in fact, I don't think I've ever seen him just skylarking about.’
    • ‘Next time I trash a restaurant, I'm going to use the ‘cheeky and hilarious Millsy skylarking defense’ and see how far I get.’
    • ‘‘Tree surfing’ is euphoria-induced skylarking on a windy day.’
    • ‘His acquisitive hands skylarked through the strands of her auburn hair.’
    • ‘He was not involved in any skylarking escapade.’
    • ‘There's a wedding party in progress at the top table - an assortment of older relatives, skylarking kids and well-upholstered bridesmaids.’
    • ‘The upside of this is that it's a good excuse to ditch the usual skylarking.’
    • ‘He was skylarking with mates over a few beers and took what he thought was an empty nail gun and pointed it at his head.’
    • ‘They come across as skylarking high school and college kids as they cavort in the left field stands at Veterans Stadium.’
    exploit, stunt, caper, skylarking, mischief, romp, antic, antics, fling, spree, prank, jape, game, trick
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