"lads" in the noun sense
1. chap, fellow, feller, fella, lad, gent, blighter, cuss, bloke
a boy or man
"that chap is your host"
"there's a fellow at the door"
"he's a likable cuss"
"he's a good bloke"
2. cub, lad, laddie, sonny, sonny boy
a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
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