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An African lad sittin on a stane

A lad, boy, loun or callant is a youthie male bairn or male adolescent). Wee laddies still hae the bouk o a bairn. It's no till thay reach puberty (adolescence) (aiblins aroond age 12 tae 14) that thair bouks stairt tae mature an thay become a man.

A lad in Afghanistan sellin cairpets.

The opposite o “lad” is a lass. A lass is a female bairn that will growe intae a wumman.