from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young man; a youth.
- n. Informal A man of any age; a fellow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A boy or young man.
- n. A jack the lad; a boyo.
- n. A familiar term of address for a young man.
- n. A groom who works with horses (also called stable-lad).
- n. The penis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- p. p. of lead, to guide.
- n. A boy; a youth; a stripling.
- n. A companion; a comrade; a mate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boy; a youth; a stripling: often used familiarly or affectionately in speaking of or to a man of any age.
- n. A male sweetheart: correlative to lass.
- n. A servingman; a servant.
- n. An obsolete preterit and past participle of lead.
- n. A thong of leather; a shoe-latchet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
- n. a boy or man
Middle English ladde, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English ladde ("foot soldier, servant"). Possibly cognate with Dutch lid ("member"). (Wiktionary)