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Definition of lad

1 : a male person of any age between early boyhood and maturity : boy, youth

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Life was hard when I was a lad. Well, lad, I hope you won't make the same mistake again! He's a good lad at heart. They can't treat us like that, can they, lads?!
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Recent Examples on the Web That forces the lad not only to believe all that folklore he was taught but put those lessons to use, with some remarkable help from a visiting fairy Holly (Lara McDonnell) and an oversized dwarf (Josh Gad, literally chewing up scenery). Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Artemis Fowl' really wants to be the next Harry Potter," 12 June 2020 The Jump Bunch class still is in progress, but the lad has had enough. 12:30 p.m.: Lunch for the kids. John Shea,, "Day in the life with Giants’ Brandon Crawford: Sheltering in a busy place," 5 Apr. 2020 Back in the rural west of Ireland, this frail lad died of thwarted love for her. The Economist, "Few tidings of comfort and joy Forget “A Christmas Carol”—“The Dead” is the greatest Christmas story," 2 Dec. 2019 Running lads: The Giants scored their second run with hyper-aggressive baserunning. John Shea,, "Top Giants prospect Sean Hjelle pounds zone, lights up radar gun in debut," 23 Feb. 2020 View this post on Instagram Indentical twins Jess & Eve are heading into the villa to couple up with a couple of lads. Kathryn Lindsay,, "A Kardashian- Love Island Crossover Almost (Kinda) Happened," 7 Jan. 2020 Let’s hope Gerard Nijkamp, who took over the GM duties May 30, assembles a group of lads who will make the final year at Nippert Stadium a special one. Steven F. Shundich,, "Guest TML: Saturday is going to be epic for Cincinnati sports," 6 Dec. 2019 Visiting clubhouses were infamous for their stacks of lad mags, even showing movies on TV screens, with players sitting back and laughing. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "For Royals GM Dayton Moore, anti-porn message worth the scorn, scientific scrutiny," 13 Mar. 2018 In its lengthy preview of the MLS season, covers a lot of ground but mentions the local lads just once, in this question: Who will be the first manager to be sacked? Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: It's all Joe Burrow all the time for the Republic of Cincinnati.," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lad

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lad

Middle English ladde

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The first known use of lad was in the 14th century

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16 Jun 2020

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“Lad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lad

chiefly British : a boy or young man
British : a man with whom you are friendly


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