\ 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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The grown Theo finds a career selling antiques, partnering with a dealer, Hobie (Jeffrey Wright), whose ties to the lad also go back to the museum bombing. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Goldfinch' paints dull picture from prize-winning book," 13 Sep. 2019 Upstairs, the lads enjoy a game of soccer, inking numbers on one another’s bare backs, with a permanent marker, to make up for the want of shirts. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Street Children of “Tigers Are Not Afraid”," 23 Aug. 2019 While the lads are on break -- getting tea, rubdowns and oxygen -- now is a good time to point out a few others who are helping to simulate that fierce energy force once known as the Who. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: The Who’s generation turned out at stadium 30 years ago," 23 Aug. 2019 The lads in blue are here': When Rolling Stones (and police) packed County Stadium Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rolling Stones make triumphant return to the stage in Chicago following Mick Jagger's reported surgery," 22 June 2019 That’s a lot to ask of the lads in the orange helmets. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns: Finding leaders, the big punter decision, the O-line -- Terry Pluto," 8 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately for him prince was a big star and the lads name was Wayne Qed Purple Wayne — tan97 (@twiceasnice97) August 16, 2019 My brother has a friend named Towbar. Nick Levine,, "Nicola Coughlan From Derry Girls Made The Best Point About Male Nicknames," 24 Aug. 2019 In rooms below: an idle booth, Scotch, a tune by a lad long dead Warm the heart and heal the head — The afterglow of someone’s youth. Lee Oser, National Review, "New London Ferry," 22 Aug. 2019 At the time of writing, Swift had yet to congratulate the Detroit lads on their new platinum status. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "I Prevail's Loud Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Is Now Certified Platinum," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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