Origin of lad
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To release this feminist anthem through what is essentially a lad mag that guys read at barbershops?Jenny Lewis on 'The Voyager,' the End of Rilo Kiley, and High School Classmate Angelina Jolie|Marlow Stern|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike his conservative colleagues Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and perhaps his lad Rand, Gingrey endorsed mandatory vaccination.D.C. Moron Phil Gingrey Spread Ebola Fever Over Immigrants|Kent Sepkowitz|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other lad is my oldest mate in the world, Tom Freud, who must have been staying with us that weekend.
The boy nailed it, but Quayle called him back, telling the lad to “add one little bit on the end” and then sounded it out for him.From ‘Potatoe’ to ‘Amercia’: Politicos Preserve Disorder|Ben Jacobs|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As Bertie Wooster might say, a bit much to spring on a lad with a morning head.
It would kill the lad to bring him up, and as he is my patient, I have told him to stay below.Peter Trawl|W. H. G. Kingston
"I hope you have made no mistake, my lad," anxiously said Captain Daly.Wizard Will|Prentiss Ingraham
"Why, you've hardly tried your own mare at all," said the lad, reproachfully.Castle Richmond|Anthony Trollope
Never in Barbier's memory had any Manchester lad so applied himself to learn French before.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The lad took it, but he could not speak: he held it and sobbed.Mrs. Falchion, Complete|Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for lad
Word Origin for lad
Word Origin and History for lad
c.1300, ladde "foot soldier," also "young male servant" (attested as a surname from late 12c.), possibly from a Scandinavian language (cf. Norwegian -ladd, in compounds for "young man"), but of obscure origin in any case. OED hazards a guess on Middle English ladde, plural of the past participle of lead (v.), thus "one who is led" (by a lord). Liberman derives it from Old Norse ladd "hose; woolen stocking." "The development must have been from 'stocking,' 'foolish youth' to 'youngster of inferior status' and (with an ameliorated meaning) to 'young fellow.'" He adds, "Words for socks, stockings, and shoes seem to have been current as terms of abuse for and nicknames of fools." Meaning "boy, youth, young man" is from mid-15c. Scottish form laddie, a term of endearment, attested from 1540s.