from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A girl; a lass.
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I know that he is a very amiable lad, and I do not know that she is not as amiable a laddess, but
Skills way beyond the usual, in another league to the local lad/laddess made good, or even the best of the best in certain cases.
They're nice people and will have a cuppa ready when your lad or laddess comes through the door to pick up the cheque.
Lass is then posited as a contraction of laddess, itself formed from lad.
‘laddess’, which however still survives in the contracted form of