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Syllabification: lad

Definition of lad in English:


1 informal A boy or young man (often as a form of address): I read that book when I was a lad come in, lad, and shut the door
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  • The baby is just over two weeks old - handsome little lad.
  • We still see Kenny, he stays at our house sometimes, so we still stay in touch - he's a great little lad.
  • Poor lad, he hadn't a clue what to do next.
1.1 (lads) chiefly British A group of men sharing recreational, working, or other interests: she wouldn’t let him go out with the lads anymore
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  • Fans will be able to judge for themselves when the lads' debut album drops in the early summer of 2005.
  • Best wishes to the lads with this major step in their music careers.
  • Last week was a fantastic win but the lads would have been confident anyway.
1.2British A man who is boisterously macho in his behavior or actions, especially one who is interested in sexual conquest: Tony was a bit of a lad—always had an eye for the women
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  • In order to fit in with the lads, he finds himself going out on a Friday night club crawl.
  • That came out through an interview I did with Zoo magazine, which is kind of a lad's magazine.
  • Now I'm one of the lads, happy to share a pint down the pub.
2British A stable worker (regardless of age or sex).
Example sentences
  • But I think I would want to come home to the yard, lads and horses - I just hope that dilemma may one day be reality!
  • The two horses were really well up to the race and the two lads gave them beautiful rides.
  • The lad then gave me directions to go and visit Rummy at his own stables whenever I wanted and happily I did so on two more occasions before his death.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

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