verb (used without object)
Origin of lamb
Examples from the Web for lambing
It might be an anxious life, especially in lambing time, but he was lucky, and rarely lost any lambs.
If lambing time is late, the shearing may be done before the lambs arrive.
For this and other reasons it is best to have few dogs upon a lambing ground, especially around the dropping ewes.
The sheep are all folded on turnips or grass fields, except the breeding ewes in the lambing season.A Walk from London to John O'Groat's|Elihu Burritt
Should you have plenty of pasture, put your dropping ewes upon the lambing ground 143 days after the rams were first with them.
British Dictionary definitions for lambing (1 of 4)
- the birth of lambs
- (as modifier)lambing time
British Dictionary definitions for lambing (2 of 4)
- without resistance
Word Origin for lamb
British Dictionary definitions for lambing (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for lambing (4 of 4)
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.
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.