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  • noun Plural form of lad.
  • noun Northern England, Geordie, Ireland A group of friends, regardless of gender. Often the lads.


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  • These designer duds for dudes were a great crowd-pleaser for everyone - after all, a show full of lads is that much more fun for the ladies!

    Marissa Bronfman: Toronto Fashion Week: Fun Fashion and Glamorous Garb Rules the Runway

  • But these lads from a nearby village went about their business with bowed backs and closed faces, and their manner was tentative, their hands shook as they set items down on the starched linen tablecloth.

    Excerpt: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

  • The lads from the Vaudois region were keen and active, too.

    Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz

  • A few of them were dirty old habitual vagabonds, the majority decent-looking lads from the north, probably miners or cotton operatives out of work.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • They were a mere handful – not above two score – apparently the relics of the band which had attacked the mill, joined with a few plough-lads from the country around.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • At his word lads appeared from behind the idol, driving two lean bulls, and with them a pair of he-goats.

    The People of the Mist

  • Then he called the lads, now almost reluctant to leave the pleasant place of peace and plenty, and rode away again, they following and looking back again and again, to wave farewell.

    Dorothy's Travels

  • The Europeans took their loss philosophically, resolving to practice a bit more for the next game, and are considering expanding the roster next time to include a few of the strapping young lads from the Russian Embassy.


  • They're both Catalan/Barca boys, and pals with several of the lads from the Spanish NT.

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  • His reference to the morbid jihadist team as "lads" - an English term of endearment for the youthful male person, derived from Middle English ladde-was indicative of a seriously deranged mindset.

    Israelated - English Israel blogs


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