1. (also large lad) a penis.
|Ulysses 225: The lad stood to attention anyhow, he said with a sigh. She’s a gamey mare and no mistake.|
|A Ballad in High Ground (1993) 28: O’Reilly got Rachael to take his lad in her mouth [...] Then he wouldn't let her spit it out.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] I’m sending telepathic signals downwards, ordering me lad to behave himself. If it starts trying to burrow its way out of me tracksuit bottoms, then I’ll never live it down.|
|Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Large Lad (n): mickey, willy, penis.|
|Sheepshagger 143: My fuck, Griff whispers. – What the fuck’s happened to his lad.|
|PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 11: Listening to your lad.|
2. any inanimate object; for cit. 1914, note a ref. in 1950 Flann O’Brien, ‘J.J. & Us’, The Hair of the Dogma (1989) 136: [referring to an extra comma introduced in an editing error in the Penguin edn of Dubliners and thereby changing the meaning] ‘That comma after “this” – have we a word for it? Yes: BLASPHEMY.’.
|Dubliners (1st edn only) 160: ‘Which is my bottle?’ he asked. ‘This lad,’ said Mr Henchy.‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’|
|Best of Myles (1968) 287: Do you see that? That thing there? Cigarettes. Them lads [...] Them lads has me destroyed.|
|Donkey’s Years 287: Injections for pernicious anaemia kept her alive. ‘Without those lads,’ the doctor had warned her [...] ‘you wouldn’t walk the length of this room.’.|
3. a creature.
|Ulysses 586: It’s them black lads I objects to. I hate those buggers. Sucks your blood dry, they does.|
4. a fox.
|Irish Times 23 Dec. n.p.: The latter activity [hunting] has spawned some interesting prose and verse, often respectful of the fox – known, for example, as ‘the lad’ [BS].|
5. (also bad lad) constr. with the, cancer.
|Light of Other Days 121: Cancer was never mentioned by name. ‘The Lad’ was the sympathetic form of allusion and it was an illness that was often denied .|
|BS].Border Diary n.p.: I met a friend the other day who referred to cancer as ‘the bad lad’. He wouldn’t say the word [|
6. (UK black) a popular male.
|hubpages.com ‘Roadman Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Lad - a well-liked male.|