This is used by Mrs Jewkes to Pamela, in Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. It inspires the young lady, who had learnt to distrust every sign of affection that Mrs Jewkes shows her, to respond: ‘Was this in your instructions, wolfkin?’ ‘Lambkin’ has been in regular use as an endearment since the seventeenth century, used especially to a child. In Reade’s Cloister and the Hearth occurs: ‘We will pray for her, won’t we, my lambkin; when we are old enough?’

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  • Lambkin — Lamb kin, n. A small lamb. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lambkin — mid 13c., as a surname, from LAMB (Cf. lamb) + dim. suffix KIN (Cf. kin) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lambkin — [lam′kin] n. a little lamb: sometimes applied to a child or young person as a term of affection …   English World dictionary

  • Lambkin — This is an English surname. It is a diminutive of the popular surname Lamb, itself nothing to do with sheep or even an endearment, but a transposing and fusing of the pre 7th century Anglo Saxon compound personal name and later surname, Lambert.… …   Surnames reference

  • lambkin — /lam kin/, n. 1. a little lamb. 2. a person who is exceptionally sweet, young, and innocent, as a small child. [1570 80; LAMB + KIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • lambkin — noun a) A young lamb, a very young sheep. b) A term of endearment …   Wiktionary

  • lambkin — lamb·kin || læmkɪn n. newborn lamb; innocent person; small child …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lambkin — n. Little lamb …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • lambkin — lamb·kin …   English syllables

  • lambkin — /ˈlæmkən/ (say lamkuhn) noun 1. a little lamb. 2. any young and tender creature. {Middle English lambkyn. See lamb, kin} …   Australian English dictionary