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Lad. n.s. [loꝺ, Saxon, which commonly signifies people, but sometimes, says Mr. Lye, a boy.]

  1. A boy; a stripling, in familiar language.

                                        We were
    Two lads, that thought there was no more behind,
    But such a day to-morrow as to-day,
    And to be boy eternal.
    Shakespeare's Winter's Tale.

    The poor lad who wants knowledge, must set his invention on the rack, to say something where he knows no-thing. Locke.

    Too far from the ancient forms of teaching several good grammarians have departed, to the great detriment of such lads as have been removed to other schools. Watts.

  2. A boy, in pastoral language.

    For grief whereof the lad whould after joy,
    But pin'd away in anguish, and self-will'd annoy.
    Fa. Qu.

                    The shepherd lad,
    Whose offspring on the throne of Judah sat
    So many ages.
    Milton's Par. Reg. b. ii. l. 439.

Sources: Locke, John (269) · Lye, Edward (4) · Milton, John (449) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Watts, Isaac (117) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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