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.
the Lamb, Christ.
verb (used without object)
to give birth to a lamb.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch lam, German Lamm, Old Norse, Gothic lamb; akin to Greek élaphos deer. See elk

lam, lamb. Unabridged


Charles ("Elia") 1775–1834, English essayist and critic.
Harold A. 1892–1962, U.S. novelist.
Mary Ann, 1764–1847, English author who wrote in collaboration with her brother Charles Lamb.
William, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, 1779–1848, English statesman: prime minister 1834, 1835–41.
Willis E(ugene), Jr. 1913–2008, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1955. Unabridged
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lamb (læm)
1.  the young of a sheep
2.  the meat of a young sheep
3.  a person, esp a child, who is innocent, meek, good, etc
4.  a person easily deceived
5.  like a lamb to the slaughter
 a.  without resistance
 b.  innocently
6.  (intr) Also: lamb down (of a ewe) to give birth
7.  (tr; used in the passive) (of a lamb) to be born
8.  (intr) (of a shepherd) to tend the ewes and newborn lambs at lambing time
[Old English lamb, from Germanic; compare German Lamm, Old High German and Old Norse lamb]

Lamb1 (læm)
the Lamb a title given to Christ in the New Testament

Lamb2 (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
3.  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 & History

O.E. lamb, from P.Gmc. *lambaz (cf. O.N., O.Fris., Goth. lamb, M.H.G. lamp, Ger. lamm "lamb"). Common to the Gmc. languages, but with no known cognates outside them. O.E. plural was lomberu. Applied to persons (especially young Church members, gentle souls, etc.) from late O.E. Also sometimes used ironically
for cruel or rough characters (e.g. Kirke's Lambs in wars of 1684-86).
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Lamb definition

(1.) Heb. kebes, a male lamb from the first to the third year. Offered daily at the morning and the evening sacrifice (Ex. 29:38-42), on the Sabbath day (Num. 28:9), at the feast of the New Moon (28:11), of Trumpets (29:2), of Tabernacles (13-40), of Pentecost (Lev. 23:18-20), and of the Passover (Ex. 12:5), and on many other occasions (1 Chr. 29:21; 2 Chr. 29:21; Lev. 9:3; 14:10-25). (2.) Heb. taleh, a young sucking lamb (1 Sam. 7:9; Isa. 65:25). In the symbolical language of Scripture the lamb is the type of meekness and innocence (Isa. 11:6; 65:25; Luke 10:3; John 21:15). The lamb was a symbol of Christ (Gen. 4:4; Ex. 12:3; 29:38; Isa. 16:1; 53:7; John 1:36; Rev. 13:8). Christ is called the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36), as the great sacrifice of which the former sacrifices were only types (Num. 6:12; Lev. 14:12-17; Isa. 53:7; 1 Cor. 5:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences for Lamb
Awe for the tiger, love for the lamb a chronicle of sensibility to animals.
After this period of recovery lamb began to take lessons from mrs.
Lamb lived under the poetic shadow of his more talented friend coleridge.
In the middle east, it is often used in savoury dishes of chicken and lamb.
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