\ ˈlad How to pronounce lad (audio) \

Definition of lad

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The lad from Northern Ireland took over the oft-staid Augusta grounds with infectious joy, powerful drives, and an oh-so-creative approach to the greens., 10 Apr. 2021 That charming British lad Harry is having yet another moment. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 15 Mar. 2021 Boulder Pusher -- nicknamed Sisyphus, this lad likes to move rocks around. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2020 Gone is the swaggering lad from 1981, the braggart from 1983, and, sadly, even the smitten boy from just a few months back. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 18 Feb. 2021 There's a lad who knows how to keep the spark alive! Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 Grimes, a charismatic Northern lad with the gift of the gab (as we Brits say), has, in the past several years, managed to attract the wrath of the Electoral Commission, the BBC, and now the Metropolitan Police. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 15 Oct. 2020 Fish Filcher -- this piscivorous lad is crazy for fish. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2020 Events like those depicted in an ad where a lad is sent out to buy a loaf of Hovis bread. John Rash, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 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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18 Apr 2021

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“Lad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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