- 1 • informal A boy or young man (often as a form of address): come in, lad, and shut the doorMore example sentences
- No amount of internal high-fiving or back-slapping will change that, lads.
- Stub that fact out and extinguish that opinion immediately, my lad!
- Tonight was the parent's meeting at the junior school which my lad will be attending for the first time in September.
- 1.1 (lads) British A group of men sharing recreational, working, or other interests: she wouldn’t let him go out with the lads any more a furious row ensued between the referee and our ladsMore example sentences
- ‘I want to put as much pressure as possible on the lads in the first team,’ said Nelsen.
- The crowd is rapturous, whistling and shouting for more, and by the side door the lads are practically mobbed.
- Once we'd boarded the team coach the lads began calling their loved ones.
- 1.2British A boisterously macho or high-spirited young man: Tony was a bit of a lad—always had an eye for the womenMore example sentences
- Reggie (real name, Rajendra, but it got Americanised when he lived in the USA) is a bit of a lad.
- They know he is a bit of a lad, but they like a president who gets things done.
- Sutton's reputation as a bit of a lad who likes the rough and tumble ignores a few home truths.
- 2British A stable worker (regardless of age or sex): it’s great for the lads that the horse has won the NationalMore 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.