Definition of laddish in English:

laddish

adjective

  • Denoting or characteristic of a young man who behaves in a boisterously macho manner.

    ‘they are told that throwing up is merely laddish’
    ‘laddish late-night TV programmes’
    • ‘However laddish and manly it may be, excessive drinking is bad for men, too.’
    • ‘The designer has worked with Yoga Ireland, redesigning its magazine, and has worked in tandem with a ‘life coach’ to redesign financial offices - hardly laddish behaviour.’
    • ‘Modern comedy is more transient and laddish, but vintage comedy is much more benign and there is much more skill involved.’
    • ‘There was sensible Toby, forthright Helen, caring Belinda, laddish Ben, ladette Claire, loud-mouthed Luke, motherly Lisa and besotted Justin, who spent the whole time pining for his girlfriend.’
    • ‘They call each other ‘you guys’, which is fitting, since they behave in such a laddish fashion, they might as well be blokes.’
    • ‘It allows him to present his laddish repartee as a courageous swipe against repression.’
    • ‘He is both stridently laddish and oddly feminine - softly spoken, huge eyes, a coy look when unsure of himself - and this afternoon he is friendly, if a little on edge, his hand trembling from emotion or fatigue.’
    • ‘‘The laddish culture is alive and well in Scotland and it is not doing young people any good at all,’ said a despairing Armstrong, a former GP.’
    • ‘It is a laddish, locker-room badinage that I remember with indulgent nostalgia from my days playing college rugby; we, too, thought we were a great team but I'm not sure that the future of the country ought to have been entrusted to us.’
    • ‘A laddish culture, that despises academic achievement and is tolerated by far too many parents, must be changed.’
    • ‘His laddish image and macho pronouncements have obscured the fact that he is happily married to a Japanese woman, Yuriko.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I am pleased that many of the schools visited during these surveys have tackled an anti-learning laddish culture and encouraged boys to make the most of their education.’’
    • ‘The normal laddish banter on the Sale Sharks' Carrington training ground, eight miles outside Manchester, took on a harder edge last week as thoughts began to stray to the next Six Nations assignment.’
    • ‘The message they're really sending out is that we want men who indulge in stereotypically laddish or macho behaviour, and don't let themselves be too sensitive or be seen doing anything traditionally associated with women.’
    • ‘What Americans don't respect is the laddish British culture - typified by Oasis, who were pretty arrogant.’
    • ‘A friend of Bloom said: ‘Orlando is a social bloke and he misses the camaraderie of the laddish drinking culture in the UK.’’
    • ‘However, a defence solicitor told the court that teenager, who was aged 15, 6ft and 13 stone at the time of the offence, was just indulging in laddish pranks with the younger boys.’
    • ‘Even programmes such as Coupling, a laddish show loosely based on Friends, tread a predictable path, well within acceptable limits.’
    • ‘Miranda Hart, a new-ish, exceptionally funny comedian who has just worked with French & Saunders, thinks the atmosphere in comedy clubs positively invites laddish behaviour.’
    • ‘The ascendancy of laddish vulgarianism might not be great news, but it's probably more tolerable than the mass neurosis that we suffered through from the mid '80s.’
    manly, masculine, male, all-male
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Pronunciation

laddish

/ˈladɪʃ/