• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Larky (coll.) frolicsome, sportive
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lác, play—lácan, to swing, wave, play.


In literature:

It is hard to see at first sight why so human a thing as leisure and larkiness should always have a religious origin.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
It's been a larky little house in some ways.
"Tono Bungay" by H. G. Wells
I have learnt next to nothing since Larkie came.
"Donal Grant" by George MacDonald
I don't think there is anything quite so larky as frightening people.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
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.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
At first sight difficult to associate tendency to larkiness with austerity of Member for Oxford University.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 22, 1914" by Various
Oh, but it was larky!
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
A few of the larky spirits teased him a bit some time ago, and he wouldn't stand it.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
When he came on board at Sandridge, he looked as frisky and larky as a boy.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
It's a sign the nat'ral larkiness in yer's coming back.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn

In news:

Jonathan Gold finds "larky" soul food in Eagle Rock.
'Hysteria': Light and larky costume comedy.
'Tamara Drewe': Larky comedy about a woman who drives men wild.
Director Stephan Elliott ( The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert ) pumps up the melodrama - essentially a wry take on English pomposity and moral hypocrisy - with jaunty pop ditties and larky events.
A good bunny book can set just the right hopeful, larky mood, whether it alludes to the season or not.
The Trip' a larky ramble with two quirky raconteurs.