[ leyd-n ]
/ ˈleɪd n /


burdened; loaded down.

verb (used with object)

to lade.

Nearby words

  1. ladderman,
  2. ladderway,
  3. laddie,
  4. laddish,
  5. lade,
  6. ladette,
  7. ladies,
  8. ladies aid,
  9. ladies auxiliary,
  10. ladies' day

Origin of laden

First recorded in 1585–95; lade + -en3, -en1

Related formsun·lad·en, adjective


[ leyd ]
/ leɪd /

verb (used with object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.

to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive): laden with many responsibilities.
to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive): trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.

verb (used without object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.

to take on a load.
to lade a liquid.

Origin of lade

before 900; Middle English laden, Old English hladan to load, draw up (water); cognate with Dutch laden, German laden, Old Norse hlatha to load. Cf. ladle

Related formslad·er, noun

Can be confusedlade laid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laden


/ (ˈleɪdən) /


a past participle of lade 1


weighed down with a load; loaded
encumbered; burdened


/ (leɪd) /

verb lades, lading, laded, laden (ˈleɪdən) or laded

to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
(tr; usually passive and foll by with) to burden or oppress
(tr; usually passive and foll by with) to fill or load
to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
Derived Formslader, noun

Word Origin for lade

Old English hladen to load; related to Dutch laden


/ (led, leɪd) /


Scot a watercourse, esp a millstream

Word Origin for lade

of uncertain origin

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