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la-di-da

or la-de-da, lah-di-dah

[lah-dee-dah]Informal.
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interjection
  1. (used as an expression of derision directed at affected gentility or pretentious refinement.)
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adjective
  1. affected; pretentious; foppish: a la-di-da manner.
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noun
  1. an affected or pretentious person.
  2. behavior or speech characterized by affected or exaggerated gentility.
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Origin of la-di-da

First recorded in 1880–85; derisive imitation of affected, pseudo-elevated speech
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  • You're enough to make a fellow drunk with your la-di-da behavior.

    Carnival

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Mr. La-di-da, the prisoner, not in the dock, but seated in a chair before it.

    The Tables Turned

    William Morris


British Dictionary definitions for la-di-da

la-di-da

lah-di-dah or la-de-da

adjective
  1. informal affecting exaggeratedly genteel manners or speech
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noun
  1. a la-di-da person
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Word Origin

C19: mockingly imitative of affected speech
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for la-di-da

mocking of affected gentility, 1874, in derisive imitation of "swell" way of talking.

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