\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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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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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 She's used to being pointed at during games when fans realize a girl struck out their favorite young lad. Scott Springer,, "CNE lefty Olivia Bricker returns to MLB Breakthrough Series for girls," 6 June 2018 Mas had seen this lad on the island ferry, being bullied by other kids. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Killing in Texas," 15 Mar. 2018 He's joined by lad guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer/blues harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone and singer-guitarist John Idan. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Concerts in Phoenix in June 2018: Post Malone, Kesha, Macklemore, Maroon 5, Nipsey Hussle, Chicago," 5 June 2018 The 6-11 lad out of La Mesa, who led Helix High to two county titles, UCLA to two national collegiate titles and Portland to an NBA title, sat out this season — his fifth as a pro — with a broken bone in the arch of his right foot., "May 14, 1979: Walton is a Clipper," 14 May 2018 This lad is having the same impact across Europe as Gareth Bale had in his final season at Tottenham., "Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Are Lining Up a Part Exchange Deal for Liverpool Star," 20 Mar. 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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