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  • 1 informal A boy or young man (often as a form of address): come in, lad, and shut the door
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    • 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.
    boy, schoolboy, youth, youngster, juvenile, stripling, young fellow, junior, whippersnapper
    informal kid, nipper, shaver
    Scottish informal laddie
    derogatory brat, urchin
  • 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 lads
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    • ‘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 women
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    • 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.
    man, young man
    informal guy, fellow, geezer, customer, gent
    British informal chap, bloke
    North American informal dude, hombre
    Australian/New Zealand informal digger
    South African informal oke, ou
    Indian informal admi
    British informal , • dated cove
    Scottish archaic carl
  • 2British A stable worker (regardless of age or sex): it’s great for the lads that the horse has won the National
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    • 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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