a boy or youth.
Informal. a familiar or affectionate term of address for a man; chap.
British Horseracing Informal. a stable boy.
a boy or young man
(informal) a familiar form of address for any male
a lively or dashing man or youth (esp in the phrase a bit of a lad)
a young man whose behaviour is characteristic of male adolescents, esp in being rowdy, macho, or immature
(Brit) a boy or man who looks after horses
c.1300, ladde “foot soldier,” also “young male servant” (attested as a surname from late 12c.), possibly from a Scandinavian language (cf. Norwegian -ladd, in compounds for “young man”), but of obscure origin in any case. OED hazards a guess on Middle English ladde, plural of the past participle of lead (v.), thus “one who is led” (by a lord). Liberman derives it from Old Norse ladd “hose; woolen stocking.” “The development must have been from ‘stocking,’ ‘foolish youth’ to ‘youngster of inferior status’ and (with an ameliorated meaning) to ‘young fellow.'” He adds, “Words for socks, stockings, and shoes seem to have been current as terms of abuse for and nicknames of fools.” Meaning “boy, youth, young man” is from mid-15c. Scottish form laddie, a term of endearment, attested from 1540s.
leukocyte adhesion deficiency
leukocyte antibody detection assay
[luh-dahk] /ləˈdɑk/ noun 1. a region in Jammu and Kashmir, India, on the borders of China (Tibet) and Pakistan. 45,762 sq. mi. (118,524 sq. km).
[lad-nuh m] /ˈlæd nəm/ noun 1. . /ˈlædənəm/ noun 1. another name for labdanum
light amplification for detection and ranging
[lad-er] /ˈlæd ər/ noun 1. a structure of wood, metal, or rope, commonly consisting of two sidepieces between which a series of bars or rungs are set at suitable distances, forming a means of climbing up or down. 2. something resembling this. 3. a means of rising, as to eminence: the ladder of success. 4. […]