Definition of lamb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//læm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læm//
    Meat, Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
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  1. 1 [countable] a young sheep See related entries: Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
  2. 2 [uncountable] meat from a young sheep a leg of lamb lamb chops the traffic in illegally slaughtered lamb compare mutton See related entries: Meat
  3. 3[countable] (informal) used to describe or address somebody with affection or pity You poor lamb! More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lam and German Lamm.Idioms
    (like) a lamb/lambs to the slaughter
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    used to describe people who are going to do something dangerous without realizing it
    (you, etc.) may/might as well be hanged/hung for a sheep as (for) a lamb
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    (saying) if you are going to be punished for doing something wrong, whether it is a big or small thing, you may as well do the big thing
    (British English, informal, disapproving) used to describe a woman who is trying to look younger than she really is, especially by wearing clothes that are designed for young people
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