\ 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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And yet this big lad can still go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (0 to 62 miles per hour) in 4.5 seconds, even on steep grades. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Formula E’s electric off-road SUV is an absolute unit," 6 July 2019 The lads look ahead to the Fourth of July game against New England Revolution. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Rapids podcast: Fourth of July game, FIFA Women’s World Cup and the future of Conor Casey," 3 July 2019 If the American men's livelihood depended on their World Cup success, the lads would be living under an overpass. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Like it or not, Megan Rapinoe represents a changing America," 1 July 2019 What a performance from the lads Thank you to the fans for sticking with us! Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Young Orlando City star Chris Mueller hungry to get better every day, help Lions win," 25 June 2019 Lennon had once tried to distance himself from the mania and adulation that the Beatles inspired, to debunk the myth of the four lads who changed the world. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Seventy-five years after Skipper splashed ashore on Gold Beach, the former working-class lad from London’s East End is still doing his duty. Danica Kirka, Washington Post, "Correction: D-Day-Britain-Veteran’s Duty story," 24 June 2019 The hero was just that, a slender, nameless lad who left everything familiar when he was captured by Indians, given to a woman whose own son had been killed by whites, and adopted into the tribe. George Packer, The New York Review of Books, "Thomas Powers," 6 June 2019 John Cleese As a lad, the future Monty Python member and Fawlty Towers star read law at Downing College, Cambridge, earning his degree in 1963. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West, Esq.? 7 Celebrities With Law Degrees," 10 Apr. 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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