from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young sheep, especially one that is not yet weaned.
- n. The flesh of a young sheep used as meat.
- n. Lambskin.
- n. A sweet, mild-mannered person; a dear.
- n. One who can be duped or cheated especially in financial matters.
- n. Christianity Jesus.
- intransitive v. To give birth to a young sheep.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A young sheep, of up to one year of age.
- n. The flesh of a lamb used as food.
- n. A person who is meek, docile and easily led.
- v. Of a sheep, to give birth.
- v. To assist (sheep) to give birth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The young of the sheep.
- n. Any person who is as innocent or gentle as a lamb.
- n. A simple, unsophisticated person; in the cant of the Stock Exchange, one who ignorantly speculates and is victimized.
- intransitive v. To bring forth a lamb or lambs, as sheep.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young animal of the sheep kind; a young sheep.
- n. A person gentle or innocent as a lamb.
- n. Hence One easily beguiled or fleeced; an inexperienced speculator who is deceived into making losing investments.
- n. Ironically, a ruffian or bully: as, Kirke's lambs (a troop of British soldiers noted for their atrocities in suppressing Monmouth's rebellion in 1685)
- To bring forth young, as sheep.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
- v. give birth to a lamb
- n. young sheep
- n. English essayist (1775-1834)
- n. a person easily deceived or cheated (especially in financial matters)
- n. the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English lamb, from Proto-Germanic *lambaz (compare Dutch lam, German Lamm, Swedish lamm), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁l̥h₁onbʰos (compare Scottish Gaelic lon ("elk"), Ancient Greek έλαφος (élaphos, "red deer")), enlargement of *h₁elh₁én. More at elk. (Wiktionary)