lamb


1lamb

noun \ˈlam\

: a young sheep

: the meat of a lamb

: an innocent, weak, or gentle person

Full Definition of LAMB

1
a :  a young sheep; especially :  one that is less than one year old or without permanent teeth
b :  the young of various animals (as the smaller antelopes) other than sheep
2
a :  a gentle or weak person
b :  dear, pet
c :  a person easily cheated or deceived especially in trading securities
3
a :  the flesh of a lamb used as food
b :  lambskin
lamb·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
lamby \ˈla-mē\ adjective

Examples of LAMB

  1. She's as gentle as a lamb.
  2. <the new guys at football camp were lambs who hardly knew what awaited them>

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Origin of LAMB

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lamb lamb
First Known Use: before 12th century

2lamb

verb

of a sheep : to give birth to a lamb

Full Definition of LAMB

intransitive verb
:  to bring forth a lamb
transitive verb
1
:  to bring forth (a lamb)
2
:  to tend (ewes) at lambing time
lamb·er \ˈla-mər\ noun

Examples of LAMB

  1. The ewes will lamb soon.

First Known Use of LAMB

1611

Lamb

biographical name \ˈlam\

Definition of LAMB

Charles 1775–1834 pseud. Elia \ˈe-lē-ə, commonly ˈē-\ Eng. essayist & critic

Lamb

biographical name

Definition of LAMB

William 1779–1848 2d Viscount Melbourne Eng. statesman

Lamb

biographical name

Definition of LAMB

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 Am. physicist

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