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[lam-kin] /ˈlæm kɪn/
a little lamb.
a person who is exceptionally sweet, young, and innocent, as a small child.
Origin of lambkin
First recorded in 1570-80; lamb + -kin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Colonel lambkin has made up a party and John Armstrong will be along.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • We got on and there was Colonel lambkin, talking to the captain and the same fat man.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • There was no hurt to the lambkin as she lifted it in her arms.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • "lambkin," said Johnny, who had not as yet been able to learn much about the Guestwick stock.

    The Small House at Allington

    Anthony Trollope
  • The attorney, looking at him, saw that he had eyes that resembled a lambkin's eyes.

  • By reason of the goodness of his disposition he was called Mazurec the lambkin.

  • Miss lambkin seemed to be following out a train of thought, but in silence.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • It was a holiday within a holiday to traverse the town with this lambkin.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • And he added bitterly: "Does not the lambkin that is born increase its master's herd?"

    The Infant's Skull

    Eugne Sue
  • And he dined upon that lambkin with much apparent satisfaction.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
British Dictionary definitions for lambkin


a small or young lamb
a term of affection for a small endearing child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lambkin

mid-13c., as a surname, from lamb + diminutive suffix -kin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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