Definition of “lad” - English Dictionary

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“lad” in British English

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ladnoun [ C ]

uk /læd/ us /læd/

a boy or young man:

A group of young lads were standing outside the shop.
He's a nice lad.
The prime minister's a local lad (= he was born and lived in this area).
lads and lasses (= boys and girls)
[ as form of address ] Come on, lads, let's get this job finished!

More examples

  • You do that once more and you'll get a clip round the ear, my lad.
  • By gum, he's a big lad!
  • He was a young lad of 16 when he first came to the big smoke.
  • A big strapping lad like you shouldn't have much difficulty lifting that!
  • He's a canny lad.

(Definition of “lad” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“lad” in American English

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ladnoun [ C ]

us /læd/ dated

a boy or young man

(Definition of “lad” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)