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[lad-ee] /ˈlæd i/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
a young lad; boy.
Origin of laddie
First recorded in 1540-50; lad + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was for his sake and the laddie's ain that I wantit him to come to me.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • The laddie needs twa mithers, and the Merciful has gien him the twa!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • "If you've got your armour there, laddie, it will be pierced," says he.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • It may be well enough for men with water in their veins; but you have blood, laddie—blood!

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Aye, we can all get over another body's disappointment, laddie.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "Begging is an ill trade on a fast day, laddie," said Mrs. Callender.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "Go back, laddie," said Ralph again, and not without a tremor in his deep voice.

  • Tak' these birds and the beastie from the laddie, and dress them for the spit.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • No time like the present, Philly, laddie;––no time like the present.

  • If I had a laddie,––God save me for indulging in such a fantasy!

British Dictionary definitions for laddie


(mainly Scot) a familiar term for a male, esp a young man; lad
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