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.
verb (used without object)
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
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Examples from the Web for lambing
Historical Examples of lambing
Father's up at the lambing camp, and I've fed all the little beasties.
After my return to Clifton, I was kept busy preparing for lambing.
And in January and February too, when all the lambing is coming on.
Well, it was just the lambing time, and Kirstin had to look after the ewes.
Terrible fellows, both of them, in lambing time or in the poultry yard.
British Dictionary definitions for lambing
- the birth of lambs
- (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
- without resistance
Derived Formslamblike, adjective
Also: lamb down (intr) (of a ewe) to give birth
(tr; used in the passive) (of a lamb) to be born
(intr) (of a shepherd) to tend the ewes and newborn lambs at lambing time
Word Origin for lamb
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)
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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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.
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Idioms and Phrases with lambing
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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