Lad (נִעִר, na'ar, often rendered "young man," etc.; N.T. παιδάριον, a little child, the last occurring only Joh 6:9, and " child" in Mt 11:16; both terms being originally without respect to sex). The Heb. word occasionally thus rendered in the Auth.Vers., although occasionally standing for a girl or maiden (Ge 24:14,16,28,55; Ge 34:3,12; De 22:15 sq.), for which the fem. noun (נִעֲרָה, naarah') is usually employed, properly denotes a boy, being prob. a primitive word. It is spoken of an infant just born (Exodus ii, 6; Jg 13:5,7; 1Sa 4:21), of a boy not yet full grown (Ge 21:16 sq.; 22:12; Isa 7:16; Isa 8:4), and of a youth nearly twenty years old (Ge 34:19; Ge 41:12; 1Ki 3:7; 2Sa 18:5,29). SEE CHILD, etc.

Definition of lad

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