Definition of laddie in US English:



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

    ‘he's just a wee laddie’
    • ‘The boys' gate was at the back of the stadium beside the lemonade factory, and no matter how important the match, how big the crowd, the laddies were helped down to the front, held high over the spectators if need be.’
    • ‘We are all young laddies who get on well together and who are improving as we get older.’
    • ‘McVeigh's a local laddie who lives a short corner away from Cliftonhill and the cash from the filming probably kept the Coatbridge club's overdraft from being called in.’
    • ‘‘Welcome to Scotland, laddie,’ growls Getch in his best through-the-beard burr.’
    • ‘He and his ilk are constantly pilloried for their behaviour and slammed for showing other daft wee laddies a poor example.’
    • ‘His first crime was taking a fairy cake from a shop, then he got into trouble for taking a wee laddie's bike.’
    • ‘I think this one started when he was just a wee laddie with a ladybird book on weather but it was reincarnated last week.’
    • ‘Why am I reflecting glumly on such thoughts as: ‘Beware your dreams, laddie, for some day they may be granted’?’
    • ‘By the time we got to the 18th, I was really wet but he just said: ‘Wasn't this great, laddie!’’
    • ‘Someone must have been really sick to hurt that wee laddie.’
    • ‘It's like growing up, you know, laddie.’
    • ‘He did so much for me and all the laddies because he tried to guide us not only to be football players but also have a bit of decency, character and respect.’
    • ‘They have a laddie [Steven] Whittaker who is a cracking player.’
    • ‘‘That's what it feels like to have a child, laddie,’ she said.’
    • ‘Here resides another outdated cliche: that Scottish cricket is a gentle, civilised pursuit, replete with cries of ‘Well played, laddie.’’
    • ‘Nobody has ever come back, laddie, from the other side.’
    • ‘I'm not a daft wee laddie, and I know that happens, but it doesn't normally happen quite so blatantly, so I was annoyed and angry.’
    • ‘I think only twice people came to the house and once it was wee laddies.’
    • ‘Out of the ivory tower and onto the streets with you, laddie.’
    • ‘In the past few years I've lost four captains and four top goalscorers, and I've had to replace them with laddies.’
    boy, schoolboy, youth, youngster, juvenile, stripling, young fellow, junior, whippersnapper
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