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noun [countable] British informal lad pronunciation in British English /læd/
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  1. 1
    a boy or a young man

    Sam’s a really nice lad.

    Come on then, lads, let’s go.

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  2. 2
    a man who does things thought to be typical of young men, for example drinking a lot of alcohol and being very sexually active

    He used to be a real lad, but he’s settled down a bit since he got married.

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    See also laddish


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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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