American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A boy or young man; a lad.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A lad; a boy; a lover.
- n. a small boy
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. A lad; a male sweetheart.
- n. a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
- Diminutive of lad. (Wiktionary)
“He used to read it over almost every day, and sometimes, near the end, he would say to me, "Colin laddie, will you read it to me – the little woman's last letter.”
“The laddie was a perfect world's wonder every Sunday, and would have been laughed at out of his seven senses, had he not at last rebelled and fairly thrown it off.”
“Unfortunately there are a lot of other magazines out there and I don't think many of the "laddie" magazines teach you anything to be proud of.”
“Soft core "laddie" magazines, issues of Sports Illustrated and even Victoria's Secret catalogues stole its customers on one side -- and newly available hard corn porn on cable stole them from the other.”
“Mr. Traill really wanted to detain Bobby he had only to withhold the magic word "laddie," that no one else had used toward the little dog since Auld Jock died.”
“He addressed all boys indiscriminately as "laddie," though he usually alluded to the younger ones as "smallest of created things," "infinitesimal scrap of humanity," or "most diminutive of men"; but, wildly eccentric as he was, no one ever thought of laughing at him.”
“Brother Bart was ministering to a very white-faced "laddie," and thanking”
“It's because we consider placating the readers of laddie mags just so beneath them.”
“The chauffer/laddie even set tea and biscuits on the sidecar when we stopped at an overlook.”
“Well, if you stop and take a breath a minute, laddie, maybe I can shed a little light on the matter.”
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Generic descriptors for a person that don't tell you anything about him or her (except, perhaps, that person's gender, age, or social class). Nice and anonymous. Useful at cocktail parties.
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