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lad

[lad] /læd/
noun
1.
a boy or youth.
2.
Informal. a familiar or affectionate term of address for a man; chap.
3.
British Horseracing Informal. a stable boy.
Origin
late Old English
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English ladde < ?; compare late Old English Ladda (nickname)
Related forms
laddish, adjective
ladhood, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for laddish

laddish

/ˈlædɪʃ/
adjective
1.
(informal) generally (derogatory) characteristic of male adolescents or young men, esp by being rowdy, macho, or immature laddish behaviour
Derived Forms
laddishness, noun

lad

/læd/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13 ladde; perhaps of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for laddish
lad
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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Related Abbreviations for laddish

LAD

  1. leukocyte adhesion deficiency
  2. leukocyte antibody detection assay
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