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[lam] /læm/
a young sheep.
the meat of a young sheep.
a person who is gentle, meek, innocent, etc.:
Their little daughter is such a lamb.
a person who is easily cheated or outsmarted, especially an inexperienced speculator.
the Lamb, Christ.
verb (used without object)
to give birth to a lamb.
Origin of lamb
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch lam, German Lamm, Old Norse, Gothic lamb; akin to Greek élaphos deer. See elk
Can be confused
lam, lamb. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lambing
Historical Examples
  • They had been driven there the summer before from the lambing grounds in the mountains.

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
  • And in January and February too, when all the lambing is coming on.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • There was first-rate feed for our horses, as the grass was being saved for the lambing season.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Well, it was just the lambing time, and Kirstin had to look after the ewes.

    Four Short Plays (AKA Lady Bell) Florence Eveleen Eleanore Olliffe
  • He was so careful of his master's flock in lambing time that there was seldom any lost.

  • What used to be our best time, the lambing season, came to be the worst.

    Lords of the World Alfred John Church
  • There are many ways to revive the chilled lambs found upon any lambing ground.

  • Well, Shepherd Oak, and how's lambing this year, if I mid say it?

  • For this and other reasons it is best to have few dogs upon a lambing ground, especially around the dropping ewes.

  • At the fringe of the wood they find one of those wheeled huts where the shepherds sleep in the lambing season.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for lambing


  1. the birth of lambs
  2. (as modifier): lambing time
the shepherd's work of tending the ewes and newborn lambs at this time


the young of a sheep
the meat of a young sheep
a person, esp a child, who is innocent, meek, good, etc
a person easily deceived
like a lamb to the slaughter
  1. without resistance
  2. innocently
(intransitive) Also lamb down. (of a ewe) to give birth
(transitive; used in the passive) (of a lamb) to be born
(intransitive) (of a shepherd) to tend the ewes and newborn lambs at lambing time
See also lamb down
Derived Forms
lamblike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English lamb, from Germanic; compare German Lamm, Old High German and Old Norse lamb


the Lamb, a title given to Christ in the New Testament


Charles, pen name Elia. 1775–1834, English essayist and critic. He collaborated with his sister Mary on Tales from Shakespeare (1807). His other works include Specimens of English Dramatic Poets (1808) and the largely autobiographical essays collected in Essays of Elia (1823; 1833)
William. See (2nd Viscount) Melbourne2
Willis Eugene. 1913–2008, US physicist. He detected the small difference in energy between two states of the hydrogen atom (Lamb shift). Nobel prize for physics 1955
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lambing



Old English lamb "lamb," from Proto-Germanic *lambaz (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Gothic lamb, Middle Dutch, Dutch lam, Middle High German lamp, German Lamm "lamb"). Common to the Germanic languages, but with no certain cognates outside them. Old English plural was lomberu. Applied to persons (especially young Church members, gentle souls, etc.) from late Old English. Also sometimes used ironically for cruel or rough characters (e.g. Kirke's Lambs in wars of 1684-86). Lamb's-wool (adj.) is from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lambing



A dear, sweet person: Mary is such a lamb (1923+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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lambing in the Bible

(1.) Heb. kebes, a male lamb from the first to the third year. Offered daily at the morning and the evening sacrifice (Ex. 29:38-42), on the Sabbath day (Num. 28:9), at the feast of the New Moon (28:11), of Trumpets (29:2), of Tabernacles (13-40), of Pentecost (Lev. 23:18-20), and of the Passover (Ex. 12:5), and on many other occasions (1 Chr. 29:21; 2 Chr. 29:21; Lev. 9:3; 14:10-25). (2.) Heb. taleh, a young sucking lamb (1 Sam. 7:9; Isa. 65:25). In the symbolical language of Scripture the lamb is the type of meekness and innocence (Isa. 11:6; 65:25; Luke 10:3; John 21:15). The lamb was a symbol of Christ (Gen. 4:4; Ex. 12:3; 29:38; Isa. 16:1; 53:7; John 1:36; Rev. 13:8). Christ is called the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36), as the great sacrifice of which the former sacrifices were only types (Num. 6:12; Lev. 14:12-17; Isa. 53:7; 1 Cor. 5:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with lambing
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