What does the word skylark mean?

Usage examples for skylark

  1. They are a happy couple, and much attached, though opposed in colour; and, here, of an evening, after the hearty spread which Sam invariably insists on preparing for our enjoyment, to show us that he has not lost practice in his culinary profession, I believe, as well as from his innate sense of hospitality, the ex- cook will- as regularly as he was accustomed to do on board ship in his caboose, towards the end of the second dog- watch, when, you may recollect, the hands were allowed to skylark and divert themselves- take up his banjo, which is the identical same one that he brought home with him from Abingdon Island. – The Island Treasure by John Conroy Hutcheson
  2. Or, as he has expressed himself in his Ode to a Skylark: Higher still and higher From the earth thou springest Like a cloud of fire; The blue deep thou wingest, And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock