Definition of ladette in US English:



  • A young woman who behaves in a boisterously assertive or crude manner and engages in heavy drinking.

    • ‘While it was a mixed bag, there were clearly plenty of Phoenix Night fans in the audience - trendy, urban lads and ladettes in those pre-creased shirts that are meant to be fashionable.’
    • ‘Simon Donald, the co-founder of Viz - the filthy-funny comic book for lads and ladettes - has given us grotesques such as Billy No Mates and the Fat Slags.’
    • ‘The Library Theatre opens its new season with Duck, a hard nosed look at life through the eyes of two ladettes.’
    • ‘Says Dr Jackson: ‘Initially the term ladette was associated mainly with post-school-age young women.’’
    • ‘Fathers in Islamic countries do not want their dutiful daughters, who marry as virgins, turned into promiscuous, drunken, foul-mouthed, tattooed and pierced ladettes.’
    • ‘New Woman is read largely by women in their early 20s at the moment and its emphasis on sex, dating and diets has earned it a reputation as a title for ladettes.’
    • ‘Seven years ago, Tim Albery staged a modern-dress Così fan tutte for Opera North with the ladies as a couple of ladettes in shell suits.’
    • ‘New British creatures appear from research surveys and style pages all the time: white van man, ladettes, Essex girls.’
    • ‘‘The singleton is the elder sister of the ladette,’ says cultural critic Imelda Whelehan about the media's take on single women.’
    • ‘Her character, Anna, is one of the great female parts - too flinty to be dismissed as a ladette, too smart to be written off as a hedonistic bimbo.’
    • ‘Tessa is a contradictory creature, almost a caricature of the modern ladette with her mobile telephone, pierced navel and career talk.’
    • ‘But when she's escorting viewers around St Tropez on Summer Holiday, there's no sign of the leering ladette of the late-night schedules.’
    • ‘Girls on nights out in the city are fuelling up on bargain-basement booze and trying to drink men under the table, as the ladette culture gets a grip.’
    • ‘As wine flows and tongues loosen, the lads and ladettes are encouraged to speak explicitly and at length about their attitudes to sex, as if such people knew any other way to speak.’
    • ‘I want to ask her about the public image of her as a ladette, but decide I had better soften the question a little.’
    • ‘The premise is clever - select ten ladettes and send them to Finishing School.’
    • ‘Indeed, more than 30 years after Erica Jong wrote Fear of Flying, and more than a decade after Zoe Ball led the rise of the ladette, our views on casual liaisons are, apparently, closer to those held by our ‘repressed’ grandparents.’
    • ‘And the high profile of ladettes ignores the fact that the majority of women drink alone at home.’
    • ‘Until recently, foul-mouthed ladettes and scowling bad boys were in.’
    • ‘The sad thing is that millions of lads and ladettes are happy to be patronised by corporations making huge profits by selling advertising on the back of an infantile, gender-based template.’


1990s: from lad + -ette.