Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A boy or young man; a lad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small boy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lad; a male sweetheart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A lad; a boy; a lover.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)

Etymologies

Diminutive of lad. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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."

    Aleta Dey

  • 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.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • 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.

    Reading Your Way to Manhood

  • 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.

    Is Playboy Magazine Over the Hill? Ask Lindsay Lohan

  • 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.

    Greyfriars Bobby

  • 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.

    The Days Before Yesterday

  • Brother Bart was ministering to a very white-faced "laddie," and thanking

    Killykinick

  • It's because we consider placating the readers of laddie mags just so beneath them.

    Naked Female Comedians: Please Put Your Clothes Back On (PHOTOS)

  • The chauffer/laddie even set tea and biscuits on the sidecar when we stopped at an overlook.

    Lea Lane: Seaplanes, Bikes And City Life In Scotland

  • Well, if you stop and take a breath a minute, laddie, maybe I can shed a little light on the matter.

    RUBYRED AND PARSHOOTER

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