Definition of skylark in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskīˌlärk/ /ˈskaɪˌlɑrk/

Translate skylark into Spanish


  • 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.’
    • ‘Songbirds such as the linnet, yellowhammer, skylark and song thrush to name but a few, are fast disappearing in our gardens and countryside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would be like trying to hear a distant skylark's song standing beside the M1 during the rush hour.’
    • ‘The air was full of the scents of sage and wild thyme, and the song of the skylark.’
    • ‘One of its most important roles is as a habitat for ground-nesting birds, including the increasingly-rare skylarks and meadow pipits.’
    • ‘Set in wide margins they provide food and cover for wildlife, while the high grass shelters partridge, tree sparrows and skylarks.’
    • ‘If we did that, we would destroy the nests of the skylark and meadow pipit, which is illegal.’
    • ‘This will create the right conditions for wildlife to flourish like voles, skylarks and meadow pipits.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Now the sound is as rare as the song of the skylark.’
    • ‘Because the road is rough and long, shall we despise the skylark's song?’
    • ‘Listen carefully, and you might hear the uplifting song of the skylark.’
    • ‘In summer this is a green and lush place, the haunt of meadow pipits and skylarks.’
    • ‘The valley supports important populations of more than 80 birds, including skylarks and barn owls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And from that point on, no skylark or sparrow or finch within a bull's roar of Wainui Beach was safe.’
    fun, amusement, amusing time, laugh, giggle, joke

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 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’
    • ‘In the North, they would be swimming, roaming the wilderness, playing video games, or otherwise skylarking - or so Mark Twain implies.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His acquisitive hands skylarked through the strands of her auburn hair.’
    • ‘Next time I trash a restaurant, I'm going to use the ‘cheeky and hilarious Millsy skylarking defense’ and see how far I get.’
    • ‘They come across as skylarking high school and college kids as they cavort in the left field stands at Veterans Stadium.’
    • ‘He was not involved in any skylarking escapade.’
    • ‘‘Tree surfing’ is euphoria-induced skylarking on a windy day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And we conclude this linguistic skylarking with this from AVP Australia.’
    exploit, stunt, caper, skylarking, mischief, romp, antic, antics, fling, spree, prank, jape, game, trick