lad's love
Boy Boy, n. [Cf. D. boef, Fries. boi, boy; akin to G. bube, Icel. bofi rouge.] 1. A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son. [1913 Webster]

My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Note: Boy is often used as a term of comradeship, as in college, or in the army or navy. In the plural used colloquially of members of an associaton, fraternity, or party. [1913 Webster]

2. In various countries, a male servant, laborer, or slave of a native or inferior race; also, any man of such a race; -- considered derogatory by those so called, and now seldom used. [derog.]

He reverted again and again to the labor difficulty, and spoke of importing boys from Capetown. --Frances Macnab. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Boy bishop}, a boy (usually a chorister) elected bishop, in old Christian sports, and invested with robes and other insignia. He practiced a kind of mimicry of the ceremonies in which the bishop usually officiated.

{The Old Boy}, the Devil. [Slang]

{Yellow boys}, guineas. [Slang, Eng.]

{Boy's love}, a popular English name of Southernwood ({Artemisia abrotonum}); -- called also {lad's love}.

{Boy's play}, childish amusements; anything trifling. [1913 Webster]


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  • Lad's love — Lad Lad (l[a^]d), n. [OE. ladde, of Celtic origin; cf. W. llawd, Ir. lath. [root]123. Cf. {Lass}.] 1. A boy; a youth; a stripling. Cupid is a knavish lad. Shak. [1913 Webster] There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves and two small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lad's-love — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : boy s love …   Useful english dictionary

  • lad's love — noun another term for southernwood …   English new terms dictionary

  • lad's love — /ˈlædz lʌv/ (say ladz luv) noun → southernwood …   Australian English dictionary

  • lad's love — noun aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe • Syn: ↑common wormwood, ↑absinthe, ↑old man, ↑Artemisia absinthium • Hypernyms: ↑wormwood • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Boy's love — Boy Boy, n. [Cf. D. boef, Fries. boi, boy; akin to G. bube, Icel. bofi rouge.] 1. A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son. [1913 Webster] My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Note …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lad — (l[a^]d), n. [OE. ladde, of Celtic origin; cf. W. llawd, Ir. lath. [root]123. Cf. {Lass}.] 1. A boy; a youth; a stripling. Cupid is a knavish lad. Shak. [1913 Webster] There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves and two small fishes. John… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lad — n. 1 a a boy or youth. b a young son. 2 (esp. in pl.) colloq. a man; a fellow, esp. a workmate, drinking companion, etc. (he s one of the lads). 3 colloq. a high spirited fellow; a rogue (he s a bit of a lad). 4 Brit. a stable worker (regardless… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lad — 1. (lad) (1230↑, 445↓) An Australian term used to describe teenagers who wear a nautica, polo or nike white hat, tilted upright revealing the front of their hair with the strap at the back done up tight so it is dangling out the back, a striped… …   Urban English dictionary

  • Lad culture — (also Laddish culture and Laddism) is a subculture commonly associated with Britpop music of the 1990s. Stereotyped for mainly males it also involves a liking for alcoholic beverages (especially lager), football, fast cars and men s magazines… …   Wikipedia

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