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lamb

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noun \ ˈlam \

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 (such 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

lamblike

play \ˈlam-ˌlīk\ adjective

lamby

play \ˈla-mē\ adjective

Examples of lamb in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of lamb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lamb lamb


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lamb

verb

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

lamber

play \ˈla-mər\ noun

Examples of lamb in a Sentence

  1. The ewes will lamb soon.

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First Known Use of lamb

1611


Lamb

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biographical name \ ˈlam \

Definition of Lamb

Charles 1775–1834 pseudonym Elia \ˈe-lē-ə, commonly ˈē-\ English essayist and critic

Lamb

biographical name

Definition of Lamb

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman

Lamb

biographical name

Definition of Lamb

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 American physicist


LAMB Defined for English Language Learners

lamb

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noun

Definition of lamb for English Language Learners

  • : a young sheep

  • : the meat of a lamb

  • : an innocent, weak, or gentle person


lamb

verb

Definition of lamb for English Language Learners

  • of a sheep : to give birth to a lamb


LAMB Defined for Kids

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lamb

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noun \ ˈlam \

Definition of lamb for Students

1 :a young sheep usually less than one year old
2 :the meat of a lamb used as food

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lamb

verb

Definition of lamb for Students

lambed; lambing
:to give birth to a lamb The ewes will lamb next month.


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