Lawks vs Larks - What's the difference?

lawks | larks |


As an interjection lawks

is lord! (especially as an expression of surprise).

As a verb larks is

(lark).

lawks

English

Alternative forms

* Lawk * lauk

Interjection

(en interjection)
  • Lord! (especially as an expression of surprise)
  • * 1850 , , La Vendée :
  • "Lawks ! how uncomfortable," said the cook. "And M. Henri, was he wet too?"
  • * 1988 , :
  • "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 ."

    Usage notes

    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.

    Synonyms

    * Lord, lordy * dear Lord

    Anagrams

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    larks

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (lark)

  • lark

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) larke, laverke, from (etyl) ), of unknown ultimate origin with no known cognates outside of Germanic.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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.
  • Synonyms
    * (one who wakes early) early bird, early riser
    Hyponyms
    * woodlark, skylark, magpie-lark, horned lark, sea lark, crested lark, shorelark

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To catch larks.
  • to go larking

    Etymology 2

    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 .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A romp, frolic, some fun.
  • (Charles Dickens)
  • A prank.
  • Synonyms
    * whim, especially in phrase on a whim
    Derived terms
    * on a lark

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To sport, engage in harmless pranking.
  • To frolic, engage in carefree adventure.
  • References

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    Anagrams

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