a boy or youth.
Informal. a familiar or affectionate term of address for a man; chap.
British Horseracing Informal. a stable boy.

1250–1300; Middle English ladde < ?; compare late Old English Ladda (nickname)

laddish, adjective
ladhood, noun Unabridged Unabridged
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lad (læd)
1.  a boy or young man
2.  informal a familiar form of address for any male
3.  a lively or dashing man or youth (esp in the phrase a bit of a lad)
4.  a young man whose behaviour is characteristic of male adolescents, esp in being rowdy, macho, or immature
5.  (Brit) a boy or man who looks after horses
[C13 ladde; perhaps of Scandinavian origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, ladde "foot soldier," also "young male servant" (attested as a surname from c.1100), possibly from a Scand. language (cf. Norw. -ladd, in compounds for "young man"), but of obscure origin in any case. OED hazards a guess on M.E. ladde, plural of the pp. of lead (v.),
thus "one who is led" (by a lord). Meaning "boy, youth, young man" is from c.1440. Scottish form laddie, a term of endearment, attested from 1546.
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Example sentences for lad
The more adolescent lad culture appeals to the ordinary man more.
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