Definition of lad in English:



  • 1informal A boy or young man (often as a form of address)

    ‘come in, lad, and shut the door’
    • ‘Make up your excuses lads and lasses and make your way out on the double, because I am on my way there.’
    • ‘What does the poor lad have to talk about?’
    • ‘A worried looking lad with a red face appears at the door dressed only with a towel around his waist.’
    • ‘Sorry lads but there's no trouble here in Bolton.’
    • ‘Tonight was the parent's meeting at the junior school which my lad will be attending for the first time in September.’
    • ‘The baby is just over two weeks old - handsome little lad.’
    • ‘No amount of internal high-fiving or back-slapping will change that, lads.’
    • ‘Stub that fact out and extinguish that opinion immediately, my lad!’
    • ‘I've always kept in good shape and I'm still one of the fittest lads at the club.’
    • ‘We still see Kenny, he stays at our house sometimes, so we still stay in touch - he's a great little lad.’
    • ‘I think the lad has got genuine potential.’
    • ‘Thomas plays Baz Wainwright, a troubled lad who has serious problems at home that spill over into school.’
    • ‘A young lad of fourteen caught up with me and we walked to Bangor.’
    • ‘While there might have been football and hurling there was very little for girls and for young lads who were not into physical sports.’
    • ‘Years ago, before the house was a hotel, it was owned by the parents of Mickey, a lad Christy was at school with.’
    • ‘Will this be the season the local lad comes good?’
    • ‘It's where he woke up every morning as a young lad to the smells and noises from the brewery and the railway line.’
    • ‘There were a few South Asian school age girls and some lads.’
    • ‘There were two different groups of young Germans, three young men in one group and two lads and two girls in another.’
    • ‘He was a nice friendly lad and a good worker and had many friends about town.’
    • ‘I have to say that Nathan isn't generally regarded as a bad lad.’
    • ‘Poor lad, he hadn't a clue what to do next.’
    • ‘Gally's a lovely lad and he's the type of guy who's prepared to do anything you ask of him.’
    boy, schoolboy, youth, youngster, juvenile, stripling, young fellow, junior, whippersnapper
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    1. 1.1ladsBritish A group of men sharing recreational, working, or other interests.
      ‘she wouldn't let him go out with the lads any more’
      ‘a furious row ensued between the referee and our lads’
      • ‘The crowd is rapturous, whistling and shouting for more, and by the side door the lads are practically mobbed.’
      • ‘Together now for close on 38 years, the lads are still as popular as ever and you can bet your life that the venue will be well and truly packed.’
      • ‘As I pass through the various dressing rooms a few minutes later, I can hear the younger Real Madrid lads teasing Beckham in Spanish.’
      • ‘Once we'd boarded the team coach the lads began calling their loved ones.’
      • ‘Six of the lads forming the team are under 23 and if we can get two more the team could enter a competition in that age group.’
      • ‘As is the way of all great bands, the lads went their separate ways over the years.’
      • ‘All the Australian lads are brilliant swimmers because they all live by the sea but, coming from Salford, I'm not really an expert!’
      • ‘Best wishes to the lads with this major step in their music careers.’
      • ‘‘The Mersey lads are full of confidence and playing really well,’ added Greenwood.’
      • ‘But I thought the lads played very well.’
      • ‘Some of the lads weren't even out the showers when the chairman came in and told us the administrators would be in the following day.’
      • ‘Fans will be able to judge for themselves when the lads' debut album drops in the early summer of 2005.’
      • ‘A big thank you to all of the supporters who travelled to support the team, the lads really appreciated it.’
      • ‘Last week was a fantastic win but the lads would have been confident anyway.’
      • ‘‘The Leeds lads will have been motivated by having Terry as their new manager,’ adds Pearce.’
      • ‘I'm close to all the lads on the team, have been for six or seven years.’
      • ‘We are not a noisy team, but it gives the lads a real buzz to hear the support.’
      • ‘‘I thought my lads did very well and I was pleased with their effort,’ said Sinnott.’
      • ‘But in the first half especially our lads did ever so well.’
      • ‘‘The lads did an extremely good job in containing the fire to the ground floor,’ said Mr Atkinson.’
      • ‘Now we really have got two good players for every position, which makes it difficult for the lads who aren't in the team.’
      • ‘‘I want to put as much pressure as possible on the lads in the first team,’ said Nelsen.’
      • ‘The poor English lads look tired and are falling deeper and deeper, inviting trouble.’
      • ‘Our lads can be proud of the way they played there today, we have the makings of a really good team.’
      group, set, crowd, lot, circle, coterie, in-crowd, clan, faction, pack, band, ring, fraternity, brotherhood, society, troop, company, team
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    2. 1.2British A young man who is boisterously macho.
      ‘Tony was a bit of a lad—always had an eye for the women’
      • ‘Hooter is a bit of a lad with the gals; at least that's what Hooter thinks.’
      • ‘It isn't paramilitaries but guys acting the lad till someone hits them a smack in the gob and that's all it is.’
      • ‘Lad culture has done nothing more than perpetuate petty hatred between the sexes.’
      • ‘Now I'm one of the lads, happy to share a pint down the pub.’
      • ‘Sutton's reputation as a bit of a lad who likes the rough and tumble ignores a few home truths.’
      • ‘Furthermore, I am not and have never been a lad.’
      • ‘Teachers warned it was too early to say that "lad culture" was dead just yet.’
      • ‘Scarborough's players, we were given to understand, had been planning to bare their backsides in support of a new lads' mag.’
      • ‘The tour probably served the purpose of allowing lads and ladettes to say they had actually set foot in a real brewery.’
      • ‘Reggie is a bit of a lad.’
      • ‘In order to fit in with the lads, he finds himself going out on a Friday night club crawl.’
      • ‘That came out through an interview I did with Zoo magazine, which is kind of a lad's magazine.’
      • ‘They know he is a bit of a lad, but they like a president who gets things done.’
      • ‘A heavy social drinker is a good bloke, one of the lads.’
      man, young man
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  • 2British A stable worker (regardless of age or sex)

    ‘it's great for the lads that the horse has won the National’
    • ‘Bob McGonagle, the lad, appeared to be fighting him as soon as he left the saddling area for the parade ring.’
    • ‘Kandidate's effort was all the more meritorious for the fact that he dropped his lad and ran loose for a mile on the gallops yesterday morning.’
    • ‘I suppose the current consensus is AP McCoy, and he's a terrific lad, but he hasn't won the National.’
    • ‘But I think I would want to come home to the yard, lads and horses - I just hope that dilemma may one day be reality!’
    • ‘As travelling head lad to the late Gordon Richards, he had just watched Hallo Dandy win the 1984 Grand National.’
    • ‘The lad then gave me directions to go and visit Rummy at his own stables whenever I wanted and happily I did so on two more occasions before his death.’
    • ‘One lad to three horses was the norm when I started back in the 60s, and it has cost us to carry so many bodies, but it is the way I want to work.’
    • ‘On hanging up his silks he became head lad to Mick Burke before serving his apprenticeship with Charlie Weld.’
    • ‘The two horses were really well up to the race and the two lads gave them beautiful rides.’
    • ‘Whilst the lad may be a decent rider, he is a very poor jockey.’
    • ‘My first memory was when I was 15 and went down with Bobby Oxley, the main travelling lad for Arthur Stephenson.’


  • one of the lads

    • informal A man who is an accepted or integral member of a male social group.

      ‘he's one of the lads—a top bloke’
      ‘I tried to fit in by being one of the lads’
      • ‘He let the other one get under his skin and destroy what made him one of the lads to begin with.’
      • ‘It always seemed that I was one of the lads and that I was okay, but inside … I didn't feel that I was matching up to them.’
      • ‘"He was one of the lads from the start," says Ritchie.’
      • ‘You would not have thought he was a superstar; he was always one of the lads.’
      • ‘He was a strong character and one of the lads.’
      • ‘It's a slow process, but after half an hour, I am accepted as one of the lads.’
      • ‘People say in front of the camera he's boring or whatever, but away from the camera, he's a great laugh and one of the lads really.’
      • ‘His reputation as one of the lads will not preclude him from making enemies with his wild-card selections.’
      • ‘You have to be seen to be one of the lads and highly popular for the position.’
      • ‘He'd been working with us for about four years and was just one of the lads.’
      • ‘I tried to fit in by being one of the lads.’
      • ‘I am just one of the lads now, and am treated no differently.’
      • ‘She tries to act as one of the lads, but is not respected at all by them.’
      • ‘It's early days for me yet, but he is different from other managers in that he tries to be one of the lads.’
      • ‘It is done in such an unassuming way that we see Stephen as just one of the lads out for the nigh.’


Middle English: of unknown origin.