Lamb Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

lamb

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noun

1
a
: a young sheep
especially : one that is less than one year old or without permanent teeth
b
: the young of various animals (such as the smaller antelopes) other than sheep
2
a
: a gentle or weak person
b
: dear, pet
c
: a person easily cheated or deceived especially in trading securities
3
a
: the flesh of a lamb used as food
b
lamblike adjective
lamby adjective

Illustration of lamb

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lamb

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verb

lambed; lambing; lambs

intransitive verb

: to bring forth a lamb

transitive verb

1
: to bring forth (a lamb)
2
: to tend (ewes) at lambing time
lamber noun

Example Sentences

Noun She's as gentle as a lamb. the new guys at football camp were lambs who hardly knew what awaited them Verb The ewes will lamb soon.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The menu includes Turkish pizza including lahmacun, a spicy, cheeseless version topped with ground lamb, spicy peppers, tomatoes, onions and red bell peppers. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 25 Nov. 2022 In addition to familiar favorites, diners will find duck, lamb, fish and occasionally, octopus tacos. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2022 Red meat comes from mammals and includes such livestock as lamb, veal, beef, and pork. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 8 Nov. 2022 This handmade, heirloom-quality lamb is sure to be the baby in your life’s beloved friend for years to come. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 3 Nov. 2022 For Rosenthal, Guzman slow cooks for 14 hours a whole lamb outdoors. Laura Manske, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Her Linda is less a lamb than a lioness, seeking not so much to enable Willy’s bullying impulses as to try to protect him from his own worst fears about himself. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2022 Alex, 38, holds a baby lamb, while Pacheco dares to pet a couple of lion cubs and Matthew hangs out with a camel. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 1 Oct. 2022 The hour is not entirely without its charms, including, at one point, a cuddly baby lamb. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Aug. 2022
Verb
Fiennes turned up to help out for a week during lambing season wearing a black trenchcoat and leather gloves. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2020 Things are worse in lambing season when criminals can double or triple their takings. The Economist, 25 July 2019 As the weather went from bad to worse, many farmers fell short on feed — particularly important now, a month before lambing season — and water supplies were cut off because of frozen pipes. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2018 This is accomplished by different diets (grain vs. a grain and hay diet) and lambing at different times of the year. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2017 Coyotes can do a lot of damage, especially during the fall during lambing season. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, 17 May 2017 Just across the North Carolina border in Virginia, Craig Rogers is deep into lambing season. Kim Severson, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lamb lamb

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lamb was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

Lamb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lamb. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lamb 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: a young sheep especially less than one year old or without permanent teeth
b
: the flesh of a lamb used as food
2
: an innocent, weak, or gentle person

lamb

2 of 2

verb

: to give birth to a lamb

Biographical Definition

Lamb 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Charles 1775–1834 pseudonym Elia
ˈe-lē-ə,
commonly ˈē-
English essayist and critic

Lamb

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biographical name (2)

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman

Lamb

3 of 3

biographical name (3)

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 American physicist

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