\ ˈlad \

Definition of lad

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

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Synonyms for lad


boy, boychick (or boychik), boyo [Irish], callant [chiefly Scottish], laddie, nipper, shaveling, shaver, sonny, stripling, tad, youth

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Examples of lad in a Sentence

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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The driver, checks the coast is clear, but can't see the crouching boy and pulls away - over the lad, who scrabbles frantically for a few seconds before disappearing beneath the SUV. Swns - Joe Smith, Fox News, "Kid tying shoelace run over by car, walks away," 27 Sep. 2018 The lad thought Meyer was going to the toilet, but he was never seen alive again. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 The lads would always be prepared to risk injury for these games., "Gareth Southgate Urges England Players to Be Honest About Their Fitness Ahead of Quarter-Final," 6 July 2018 The qualification really was never in doubt, but then the lads had a blackout versus Trinidad and Tobago. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Bruce Arena, Jurgen Klinsmann dispute impact of failure to qualify for World Cup," 18 Apr. 2018 Royal Albert Hall will stand to see another show, but there was a good two-minute stretch there where over 5,000 Arctic Monkey devotees nearly put its storied structure to the test -- and all in the name of love for their favorite lads. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Arctic Monkeys Incite A Joyous Riot at Royal Albert Hall For War Child Benefit," 9 June 2018 Troye Sivan has been a fresh-faced heartthrob double-threat since emerging onto the scene as a wee lad. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Troye Sivan Remixes," 4 June 2018 Here's what happened Wednesday at King's Head when Croatia upset the lads. 9:30 a.m. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "What it's like living through England's devastating World Cup loss at a British pub," 11 July 2018 The lad peering out at viewers from the old family photograph at the Jewish Museum of Maryland had eyes set deep beneath his brows that glowed with a rare force of personality. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lad

: a boy or young man

: a man with whom you are friendly


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