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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lad /læd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a boy or youth;
    young man.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lad  (lad),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a boy or youth.
  2. Informal Termsa familiar or affectionate term of address for a man;
  3. British Termsa stable boy.
laddish, adj. 
ladhood, n. 
  • ?; compare late Old English Ladda (nickname)
  • Middle English ladde 1250–1300

  • LinguisticsSee  language acquisition device. 

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    lad /læd/ n
    1. a boy or young man
    2. informal a familiar form of address for any male
    3. a lively or dashing man or youth (esp in the phrase a bit of a lad)
    4. a young man whose behaviour is characteristic of male adolescents, esp in being rowdy, macho, or immature
    5. Brit a boy or man who looks after horses
    Etymology: 13th Century ladde; perhaps of Scandinavian origin
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