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Definition of lad

1 : a male person of any age between early boyhood and maturity : boy, 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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Recent Examples on the Web Why must the lad learn the grammatical apparatus behind each expression? Bryan A. Garner, National Review, "A New Socratic Dialogue: Part 1 of 3," 3 Sep. 2020 There’s a little pond around the bottom of the anvil, and a fish pops up out of the pond and goes, ‘Put your back into it, lad. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "We Need ‘Hobbit’ Movies That Are the Right Length," 14 Aug. 2020 Surprisingly, the Ford F-150 — America’s best selling vehicle since Moses was a lad — came in 10th at an average of 122.8 days on the lot. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Chevy Trailblazer small SUV scores a hit as fastest-selling new vehicle in US," 11 Aug. 2020 The drawing would precede a few other portraits of the lad and his mother. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Art and Artistry of Mother and Child," 8 May 2020 The lad noticed just in time and the beak missed its target. Jonathan Myerson, The New York Review of Books, "From Brexit to Covid: A Very British Debacle," 4 May 2020 That forces the lad not only to believe all that folklore he was taught but put those lessons to use, with some remarkable help from a visiting fairy Holly (Lara McDonnell) and an oversized dwarf (Josh Gad, literally chewing up scenery). Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Artemis Fowl' really wants to be the next Harry Potter," 12 June 2020 The Jump Bunch class still is in progress, but the lad has had enough. 12:30 p.m.: Lunch for the kids. John Shea,, "Day in the life with Giants’ Brandon Crawford: Sheltering in a busy place," 5 Apr. 2020 Back in the rural west of Ireland, this frail lad died of thwarted love for her. The Economist, "Few tidings of comfort and joy Forget “A Christmas Carol”—“The Dead” is the greatest Christmas story," 2 Dec. 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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The first known use of lad was in the 14th century

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8 Sep 2020

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“Lad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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