Complete Definition of "lark"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/lÉË(r)k/, SAMPA|/lA:(r)k/, AHD|lärk
audio|en-us-lark.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|ÉË(r)k

Etymology 1
From OE. lawerce (late O.E. laferce), from a Proto-Germanic root laiw(a)rikon (cognates include Dutch leeuwerik, German Lerche), of unknown origin. Some O.E. and O.N. (lævirik) forms suggest a compound meaning "treason-worker," but there is no preserved folk tale that ties into this theory.

Noun
en-noun

  1. Any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae.
  2. various resembling birds, usually groundliving, such as the meadowlark and titlark
  3. One who wakes early; one who is up with the larks.

Synonyms
italbrac-colon|one who wakes early early bird, early riser

Related terms
larker
larkspur, plant
skylark, the bird

Translations
trans-top|bird
Albanian: lauresha
Arabic: ARchar|Ùبرة|ÙبÙرة (qubbara)
Belarusian: жаваÑанак
Bosnian: Å¡eva f
Breton: alcâhweder
Bulgarian: ÑÑÑÑлига
Catalan: alosa
Czech: skÅivan
Croatian: Å¡eva
Danish: lærke c
Dutch: leeuwerik m
Esperanto: alaÅ­do
Estonian: lÅoke
Finnish: kiuru, leivo
French: alouette f
Friulian: lodule, odule
Gallegan: laverca
German: Lerche f
Greek: ÏÏαÏήθÏα
Hungarian: pacsirta
Irish: fuiseog, circín starraiceach
Icelandic: lævirki
Italian: allòdola, lòdola
Japanese: é²é (ã²ã°ã, hibari)
Korean: ì¢ë¤ë¦¬ (jongdari), ë¸ê³ ì§ë¦¬ (nogojiri)
Kurdish: KUchar|کڵاÙÚ©ÙرÙâ
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Ladino: lodola
Latin: alauda
Latvian: cīrulis
Lithuanian: vieversys m; also vyturys m
Low Saxon (âLow Germanâ): Levark, Lauerk, Levalk, Lark, Leerk, Lierk, Lurk f
Macedonian: ÑÑÑÑлига (ÄuÄuliga)
Maltese: alwetta
Occitan: alauseta
Old English: laferce|lÄferce f
Polish: skowronek m
Portuguese: cotovia f
Romansh: lodola
Romany: chiriklo-gilibano m chirikli-gilibani f
Russian: жавоÑонок (žavoronok)
Sami: leivvoš
Sardinian: allòdola
Scottish Gaelic: uiseag f
Scots: laverock
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: Ñева f, ÑевpÑÑгa f
:Roman: Å¡eva f, Å¡evrljuga f
Slovak: škovránok
Slovenian: Å¡krjanec m
Spanish: alondra f
Swedish: lärka
Ukrainian: жайвоÑонок полÑовий
Upper Sorbian: Å¡kowronÄk
Welsh: ehedydd
trans-bottom

trans-top|a bit of fun
Bosnian: Å¡ala f s
Finnish: kuje, pila, hullutus
trans-mid
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: Ñала f s
:Roman: Å¡ala f s
trans-bottom

trans-top|one who wakes early
Finnish: aamuvirkku
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Etymology 2
Origin uncertain, either
from (notably northern) English dialect lake/laik "to play" (c.1300, from ON. leika "to play", as opposed to work), with intrusive -r- common in southern British dialect.
shortening of skylark (1809), sailors' slang "play rough in the rigging of a ship" because the common European larks were proverbial for high-flying; Dutch has a similar idea in speelvogel ('playbird', a person of markedly playful nature)

Noun
en-noun

  1. romp, frolic, some fun.
  2. prank

Verb
en-verb

  1. sport, engage in harmless pranking
  2. frolic, engage in carefree adventure

Translations

Dutch: dollen
Finnish: pilailla, kujeilla
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References
R:Online Etymology Dictionary
Websters

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