Lord! (especially as an expression of surprise)
* 1850 , , La Vendée :
* 1988 , :
- "Lawks ! how uncomfortable," said the cook. "And M. Henri, was he wet too?"
- "Your civic pride does you credit," said Hwel. "And now, please, leave the cart. I'm sure you've got some wood to gather. Lawks ."
This is a stereotypical utterance of a Cockney house-servant in literature, particularly 19th-century and early 20th-century literature, but by the end of the 20th century its use had become primarily ironic outside of historical fiction.
* Lord, lordy
* dear Lord
* (l), (l)
From (etyl) larke, laverke, from (etyl) ), of unknown ultimate origin with no known cognates outside of Germanic.
Any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae .
Any of various similar-appearing birds, but usually ground-living, such as the meadowlark and titlark.
One who wakes early; one who is up with the larks.
* (one who wakes early) early bird, early riser
* woodlark, skylark, magpie-lark, horned lark, sea lark, crested lark, shorelark
To catch larks.
- to go larking
Origin uncertain, either
* from a northern English dialectal term (lake)/), with an intrusive -r- as is common in southern British dialects; or
* a shortening of (skylark) (1809), sailors' slang, "play roughly in the rigging of a ship", because the common European larks were proverbial for high-flying; Dutch has a similar idea in .
A romp, frolic, some fun.
- (Charles Dickens)
* whim, especially in phrase on a whim
* on a lark
To sport, engage in harmless pranking.
To frolic, engage in carefree adventure.