or la-de-da, lah-di-dah
- (used as an expression of derision directed at affected gentility or pretentious refinement.)
- affected; pretentious; foppish: a la-di-da manner.
- an affected or pretentious person.
- behavior or speech characterized by affected or exaggerated gentility.
Origin of la-di-da
First recorded in 1880–85; derisive imitation of affected, pseudo-elevated speech
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Examples from the Web for la-de-da
The la-de-da approach at each election cycle toward the personal health of the candidates continues to shock me.Examining Rick Perry's Medical Alibi
December 14, 2011
I will, too, if he preaches any more of his la-de-da society rules to me.That Girl Montana
Marah Ellis Ryan
The point is that when I was going in, this la-de-da clerk of his, Cecil Gillis, was coming out.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
Then I would get a big ulster with 17 astrakhan fur, and take my cane and do the la-de-da down Piccadilly.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
lah-di-dah or la-de-da
- informal affecting exaggeratedly genteel manners or speech
- a la-di-da person
C19: mockingly imitative of affected speech
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Word Origin and History for la-de-da
mocking of affected gentility, 1874, in derisive imitation of "swell" way of talking.
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