boisterous, uncouth and macho. The word, which appeared in the late 1970s, refers to the typical behaviour of adoles-cent males in groups. It is inspired by 'male-bonding' expressions such as 'one of the lads' and the Geordie battle cry 'howay the lads!', but is more often used disparagingly or dismissively by women or more mature males. The term took on greater significance when it was applied to a social tendency among young adult males in the second half of the 1990s which involved celebrating, rather than disguising hedonistic excess, love of sport/cars/hardware, socialising in male groups, etc. The new 'laddishness' was celebrated in publications such as Loaded magazine and TV comedies such as Men Behaving Badly.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • laddish — [[t]læ̱dɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as laddish, you mean that they behave in a way that people think is typical of young men, for example by being rough and noisy, drinking a lot of alcohol, and having a bad attitude… …   English dictionary

  • laddish — UK [ˈlædɪʃ] / US adjective British informal typical of young men and the things that they enjoy doing the laddish culture of beer and football laddish humour Derived word: laddishness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • laddish — adjective Like a stereotypical jack the lad: boorish, reckless, inclined to binge drinking, etc. ...versions of a laddish or protest heterosexual masculinity …   Wiktionary

  • laddish — lad|dish [ˈlædıʃ] adj BrE a young man who is laddish likes spending time with other men, drinking alcohol and enjoying things like sport, sex, and music →↑lad …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • laddish — lad|dish [ lædıʃ ] adjective BRITISH INFORMAL typical of young men and the things they enjoy doing: laddish humor ╾ lad|dish|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • laddish —    mildly pornographic    To be one of the lads is to act in a gregarious if immature way in male company:     Copies of British tabloid newspapers, laddish men s magazines, a satellite television magazine and a pair of reading glasses lay strewn …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • laddish — lad ► NOUN informal 1) a boy or young man. 2) (lads) chiefly Brit. a group of men sharing recreational or working interests. 3) Brit. a boisterously macho or high spirited man. DERIVATIVES laddish adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • laddish — adj. (British Slang) macho, uncouth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • laddish — Adj. Of or like the characteristics of a young man or lad, often loud, macho, arrogant and sexist …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • laddish — lad·dish …   English syllables

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