See also: LAD, läd, lǟd, ľad, ląd, láð, and ład

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English ladde (foot soldier, servant; male commoner; boy), probably of North Germanic origin, possibly from Old Norse ladd (hose, woolen stocking; sock), undergoing semantic shift to mean a foolish youth, youngster of lower social status; thence by connotative amelioration coming to mean any young fellow.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /læd/
  • (unstressed, sometimes) (rare) IPA(key): /ləd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æd

NounEdit

lad (plural lads)

  1. (Britain) A boy or young man.
    Coordinate term: lass
    • 1582 – 1610, Douay Rheims Bible, Gospel of Saint Luke IX.37–50:
      And it came to paſſe the day folovving, vvhen they came dovvne from the mountaine, there mette him a great multitude. And behold a man of the multitude cried out, ſaying, Maiſter, I beſeeche thee, looke vpõ my ſonne, becauſe he is mine only one. And loe, the ſpirit taketh him, and he ſodenly crieth, and he daſheth him, and teareth him that he fometh, and vvith much a doe departeth renting him. And I deſired thy diſciples to caſt him out, and they could not. And IESVS anſvvering ſaid, O faithles and peruerſe generation, hovv long ſhal I be vvith you and ſuffer you? Bring hither thy ſonne. And vvhen he came to him, the deuil daſhed, and tore him. And IESVS rebuked the vncleane ſpirit, and healed the lad: and rendred him to his father. And al vvere aſtonied at the might of God: and al merueiling at al things that he did, he said to his diſciples, Lay you in your hartes theſe vvordes, for it ſhal come to paſſe that the Sonne of man ſhal be deliuered into the hands of men. But they did not knovv this vvord, and it vvas couered before them, that they perceiued it not. And they vvere afraid to aſke him of this vvord. And there entred a cogitation into them, vvhich of them ſhould be greater. But IESVS ſeeing the cogitations of their hart, tooke a childe and ſet him by him, and ſaid to them, Whoſoeuer receiueth this childe in my name, receiueth me: and vvhoſoeuer receiueth me, receiueth him that ſent me. For he that is the leſſer among you al, he is the greater. And Iohn, anſvvering ſaid, Maiſter, vve ſavv a certaine man caſting out deuils in thy name, and vve prohibited him, becauſe he folovveth not vvith vs. And IESVS ſaid to him, Prohibit not, for he that is not againſt you, is for you.
  2. (Britain) A Jack the lad; a boyo.
    Coordinate term: ladette
    I think he reckons he's a bit of a lad.
    Last night I was out drinking with the lads.
  3. A familiar term of address for a young man.
    Come here, lad, and help me shift these boxes.
  4. A groom who works with horses (also called stable-lad).
  5. (Ireland, colloquial) The penis.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, page 225:
      — The lad stood to attention anyhow, he said with a sigh. She's a gamey mare and no mistake.
    • 1995 May 5, Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, “The Passion of St Tibulus”, in Father Ted:
      Mrs Glynn: Oh but there's this great bit in it. You see, there was this girl, but then you find out it's not a girl but a man!
      Mrs Sheridan: And he got his lad out.
    • 2007, Unknown, translated by Ciaran Carson, The Táin, →ISBN, page 175:
      And he loaded the chariot with clods and boulders and cobbles that he fired at anyone who came to stare at him and jeer him, stark naked as he was, with his long lad and his acorns dangling down through the floor of the chariot.
    • 2010, Loucinda McGary, The Wild Irish Sea: A Windswept Tale of Love and Magic, →ISBN, page 11:
      Just thinking about how she would look without her clothes made his lad twitch with anticipation.

Usage notesEdit

Prevalent in Northern English dialects such as Geordie, Mackem, Scouse and Northumbrian.

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [2]
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN

Further readingEdit

AnagramsEdit


CzechEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

lad

  1. genitive plural of lado

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hlað (heap, stack)

AdjectiveEdit

lad

  1. languid, lazy, indolent

InflectionEdit

Inflection of lad
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular lad 2
Neuter singular ladt 2
Plural lade 2
Definite attributive1 lade
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

NounEdit

lad n (singular definite ladet, plural indefinite lad)

  1. bed (platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled), eg. truckbed

InflectionEdit

VerbEdit

lad

  1. imperative of lade

GermanEdit

VerbEdit

lad

  1. singular imperative of laden

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

lad

  1. Alternative form of ladde

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

lad

  1. imperative of lade

Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *laidō. Cognate with Old High German leita (German Leite), Old Norse leið. Akin to līþan (to go, travel, fare).

NounEdit

lād f

  1. way, course
  2. passage, watercourse, lode
  3. carrying, bringing, leading
    lādrincconductor, escort
    lādscipeleadership
    lādmannleader, guide
  4. provision, sustenance
DeclensionEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: load; lode

Etymology 2Edit

Akin to Old Frisian lēde, lāde.

NounEdit

lād f

  1. exculpation, clearing of guilt or accusation, purgation
  2. defense against a charge, excuse
DeclensionEdit
Derived termsEdit

PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

lad f

  1. genitive plural of lada

RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Sutsilvan) lo

EtymologyEdit

From Latin lātus.

AdjectiveEdit

lad m (feminine singular lada, masculine plural lads, feminine plural ladas)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan) wide, broad

SynonymsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran) lartg
  • (Puter, Vallader) larg

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English ladde, from North Germanic.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

lad (plural lads)

  1. lad
  2. son
  3. menial
  4. male sweetheart

VolapükEdit

NounEdit

lad (nominative plural lads)

  1. heart

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit