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  1. a young sheep.

  2. the meat of a young sheep.

  1. a person who is gentle, meek, innocent, etc.: Their little daughter is such a lamb.

  2. a person who is easily cheated or outsmarted, especially an inexperienced speculator.

  3. the Lamb, Christ.

verb (used without object)
  1. to give birth to a lamb.

Origin of lamb

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch lam, German Lamm, Old Norse, Gothic lamb; akin to Greek élaphos “deer”; see elk

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Other definitions for Lamb (2 of 2)

[ lam ]

  1. Charles "Elia", 1775–1834, English essayist and critic.

  2. Harold A., 1892–1962, U.S. novelist.

  1. Mary Ann, 1764–1847, English author who wrote in collaboration with her brother Charles Lamb.

  2. William, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, 1779–1848, English statesman: prime minister 1834, 1835–41.

  3. Willis E(ugene), Jr., 1913–2008, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1955. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lamb in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lamb (1 of 3)


/ (læm) /

  1. the young of a sheep

  2. the meat of a young sheep

  1. a person, esp a child, who is innocent, meek, good, etc

  2. a person easily deceived

  3. like a lamb to the slaughter

    • without resistance

    • innocently

  1. Also: lamb down (intr) (of a ewe) to give birth

  2. (tr; used in the passive) (of a lamb) to be born

  1. (intr) (of a shepherd) to tend the ewes and newborn lambs at lambing time

Origin of lamb

Old English lamb, from Germanic; compare German Lamm, Old High German and Old Norse lamb

Derived forms of lamb

  • lamblike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Lamb (2 of 3)


/ (læm) /

  1. the Lamb a title given to Christ in the New Testament

British Dictionary definitions for Lamb (3 of 3)


/ (læm) /

  1. 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)

  2. William. See (2nd Viscount) Melbourne 2

  1. 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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with lamb


see hanged for a sheep (as a lamb); in two shakes (of a lamb's tail); like a lamb to the slaughter.

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