\ 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?!
Recent Examples on the Web As its title suggests, XXV is a nod to the quarter century that has passed since Stoke-On-Trent’s favorite lad released his debut album, Life thru a Lens. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 8 June 2022 But the lad wants to begin, so to speak, at the bottom. Guy Lodge, Variety, 4 June 2022 The lad’s main occupation had been skateboarding, until another member of the Reno Rats suffered some kind of head injury. John Anderson, WSJ, 31 May 2022 Such a beautiful, tranquil setting for a young lad whose country is in flames. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The real treasure in that nearly empty barrel draft was a scrawny lad selected in the sixth round by the Patriots. Mike Tanier, New York Times, 1 May 2022 The Murphy World Team consists of 16 girls and one lad, ranging in age from 10-18. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 14 Mar. 2022 Trick’s next release comes from Swiss vet Andrea Oliva, whose Alley Rave EP sounds like how its title reads: mad-lad tunes for letting loose in the shadows. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 14 Jan. 2022 Jamie Oliver, the brand, is the everyday lad who grew up in front of the nation's eyes -- from carefree Vespa riding to tackling school lunches and sugar in drinks. Anna Sulan Masing, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Lad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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