Definition of lad noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//læd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læd//
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  1. 1[countable] (old-fashioned or informal) a boy or young man Things have changed since I was a lad. He's a nice lad. Hurry up, lad. compare lass See related entries: Youth
  2. 2the lads [plural] (British English, informal) a group of friends that a man works with or spends free time with to go to the pub with the lads
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (British English, informal) a lively young man, especially one who is very interested in women and having sex, drinks a lot of alcohol and enjoys sport Tony was a bit of a lad—always had an eye for the women. see also laddish
  4. 4[countable] (British English) a person who works in a stable
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples They’re a nice bunch of lads. He’s a nice lad. He’s a strapping lad—already bigger than his father.
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