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In Britain (there's already loads for definations for the way Australians use this word), this word generally means a young male. However in modern Britain this word has come to mean someone who engages in typical testosterone-driven behaviour such as drinking, sport and having a laugh with mates, sometimes harmless, sometimes obnoxious or even worse antisocial. There was once the phrase "Jack-the-Lad" (a rogue), "laddie" has long been part of the Scottish dialect, and in the 90s something called "Lad-culture" arose, where the aforementioned behaviour was celebrated. Girls who behaved in a similar way were called "Laddettes". There is also the adjective "laddish".
This young lad was killed in a bike accident recently

He's one of the lads, they love their football

On Friday nights the town centre's full of young lads getting drunk
by ManofG March 05, 2009
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A lad is a male who specialises in creating and distributing exquisite banter. Though most lads are youngish (late teens and early twenties) age is not a defining characteristic and you will find both young lads and old lads. Some special skills of lads include, but are not limited to the following:

- Binning Pints
- Exposing genitalia and getting naked in public places
- Throwing up after copious alcohol consumption
- Spousal Abuse
- Getting kicked out of pubs/nightclubs for being overly offensive

Excelling in all areas will earn a lad the title of "top lad". There is no higher praise that can be bequeathed upon an individual.
"That guy just saw off a whole bottle of Vodka then partyboyed that bird, what a lad!"

"Andy got kicked out of City for binning his pint, then turtling naked on the dancefloor...LAD"
by Dr. Agon/mcniv July 12, 2009
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Lad: An australian youth subculture centred around individuals who hang out in gangs, engage in petty theft, pick fights, vandalise property and use foul language which generally involves a great deal of pig latin. Hence the terms "adlay" and "eshays". Lads generally wear white caps tilted up at the front to show the front part of their hair which is often gelled. The strap of the cap is done up tight at the back and the possibility of a rats tails or other such hair style dangling out the back is common. They can be seen wearing white polo shirts, or polo shirts of other colours with short shorts (striped parachute/tracksuit pants in winter) and trainers. They sport brands such as Nautica, Saucony, Nike and Everlast and in addition to this wear ridiculously small bags usually scrawled with graffiti. 'Lads' are now commonplace is many areas of Sydney including but not limited to the inner west, outer west, north west, south and south-west. 'Lads' can be found in most high schools throughout the Sydney metropolitan area, they have a gang mentality which enables them to gain physical superiority over other groups and subcultures and are disliked by the general population. They can often be seen hanging around train stations and shopping centres or just roaming the streets in search of trouble. Lads are generally into rave music and in particular hardstyles such as gabber. They also engage in tagging as graffiti is a large part of the subculture. Lad girls wear similar clothing and often have their hair gelled and tied back tightly, giving it a shiny, sleek and some might say greasy quality.
Lad: "Lets catch the 492 from Burwood to Drummoyne adlay, we'll pick some fights with little kids when we get there"
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another word for guys commonly used in Ireland, Scotland and some parts of England and Wales.
"Lads, will ye be shut up!"
"Lads, are you going to Cian's party tomorrow?"
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A British & Irish word used to describe a male aged between 9-30 years old or depending what way you use the word it can also be from 0-9 years old
"Where having a lads night this friday you up for it?"

"Those young lads are up to mischiff"

"My wife just gave birth to a wee lad"
by Harry69 July 05, 2007
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Is a term used to describe sad, subjacent, illiterate adolesents between the ages of 12-20, who live in australia.
They are characterised by polo/nautica shirts (with collar popped), caps (tilted upwards), jeans/tracks (lowrider, baggy style), asinine hair cuts and their "nigga" attitudes & "badass" personalities...hence, they are normally school dropouts...

Normally, they group together in mobs between 3-20, trying to act, talk and walk "hard" to impress their company.

Lads are usually found during daylight hours, in or near, Maccas, shopping complexes, fubu/kappa/nike retailers. Acting to immtimate normal shop patrons, with such phrases as "what brah" "shank ya" "f*ck c*unt".
They usually retreat back home at dusk, afriad of meeting someone darker in skin colour or more sizable then themselves.

A typical lad is sh*t scared if someone, does not seem "rattled" by their "scare tatics" (both verbally and physically) and responds in force. (the lad usually runs away)

Some Lads are said to be androgynous... but thats still debated
Lad: Wat'cha want brah, ill shank you
Person: Shut the f*ck up lad
Lad: (runs away)

Lebo: Look bro, theres some lads over there, lets go bash em'
Lads: (spots lebo group and "hauls ass"

Person: Look at those lads over there... so typical.. polo shirt

Lad at maccas: (stares down a bystander) Wat'ya lookin at brah?
Bystander: (Gets up, walks over) What you say?
Lad: Sorry sir...

Person 1: Those lads are always at cremorne maccas
Person 2: Yeah, man, they basically live here
Person 3: What sad f*cks
by Jeffery2114 December 28, 2007
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