|Origin:||Perhaps from a Scandinavian language|
lad S3 W3 [countable] British English
1 old-fashioned or informal
a boy or young man [↪ lass]:
Things were different when I was a lad.
a group of male friends that a man works with or spends his free time with:
a night out with the lads
one of the lads (=a member of your group of friends)
a man that people like even though he behaves rather badly:
That Chris is a bit of a lad, isn't he?
the way in which some young men behave, involving typically male activities such as drinking a lot of alcohol, driving fast cars, and watching football - used to show disapproval
5 also stable ladDSH
a boy or man who works with horses [= stable boy]