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Sense: 1,5
Origin: Old English lawerce
Sense: 2-4
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: lark 'to play around' (19-21 centuries), perhaps from lake 'to play' (11-20 centuries) (from Old English lacan), or from LARK2

lark

1 noun
     
Related topics: Birds
lark1 [countable]
1HBB a small brown singing bird with long pointed wings [= skylark]
2 informal something that you do to amuse yourself or as a joke
as/for a lark
I only went along for a lark.
3

blow/sod/bugger etc that for a lark

British English spoken not polite used when you stop doing something or refuse to do something because it needs too much effort:
Paint the whole room? Sod that for a lark!
4 British English spoken used to describe an activity that you think is silly or difficult:
Salad again? How long are you going to keep up this healthy eating lark?
5

be up with the lark

to get up very early

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