lad

[ lad ]
/ læd /

noun

a boy or youth.
Informal. a familiar or affectionate term of address for a man; chap.
British Horseracing Informal. a stable boy.

Origin of lad

1250–1300; Middle English ladde < ?; compare late Old English Ladda (nickname)

OTHER WORDS FROM lad

lad·dish, adjectivelad·hood, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for laddish (1 of 2)

laddish
/ (ˈlædɪʃ) /

adjective

informal, usually derogatory characteristic of male adolescents or young men, esp by being rowdy, macho, or immatureladdish behaviour

Derived forms of laddish

laddishness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for laddish (2 of 2)

lad
/ (læd) /

noun

a boy or young man
informal a familiar form of address for any male
a lively or dashing man or youth (esp in the phrase a bit of a lad)
a young man whose behaviour is characteristic of male adolescents, esp in being rowdy, macho, or immature
British a boy or man who looks after horses

Word Origin for lad

C13 ladde; perhaps of Scandinavian origin
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