la-di-da

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

[ lah-dee-dah ]
/ ˈlɑ diˈdɑ /
Informal.

interjection

(used as an expression of derision directed at affected gentility or pretentious refinement.)

adjective

affected; pretentious; foppish: a la-di-da manner.

noun

an affected or pretentious person.
behavior or speech characterized by affected or exaggerated gentility.

Nearby words

  1. la tuque,
  2. la tène,
  3. la vallière,
  4. la verne,
  5. la vérendrye,
  6. la-la,
  7. la-la land,
  8. la-z-boy,
  9. la.,
  10. laager

Origin of la-di-da

First recorded in 1880–85; derisive imitation of affected, pseudo-elevated speech

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British Dictionary definitions for la-de-da

la-di-da

lah-di-dah or la-de-da

/ (ˌlɑːdiːˈdɑː) /

adjective

informal affecting exaggeratedly genteel manners or speech

noun

a la-di-da person

Word Origin for la-di-da

C19: mockingly imitative of affected speech

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Word Origin and History for la-de-da

la-di-da

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

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