Origin of lambkin

First recorded in 1570–80; lamb + -kin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for lambkin

Historical Examples of lambkin

  • 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.

  • "Lambkin," said Johnny, who had not as yet been able to learn much about the Guestwick stock.

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

British Dictionary definitions for lambkin



  1. a small or young lamb
  2. a term of affection for a small endearing child
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Word Origin and History for lambkin

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

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