\ 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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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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Not even a Southeast Asian action video engages the interest of the hapless lad. John Lithgow, New York Times, "Grandmas and Grandpas Are a Kid’s Natural Allies in These Books," 22 June 2018 His memoir is a brilliant account of working-class northern English lads trying to muddle through the mayhem. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 This is love between me and the lads, and it always will be. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids," 19 Feb. 2019 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

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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

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


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