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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for la-di-da

Contemporary Examples of la-di-da

Historical Examples of la-di-da

  • You're enough to make a fellow drunk with your la-di-da behavior.


    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


lah-di-dah or la-de-da


informal affecting exaggeratedly genteel manners or speech


a la-di-da person

Word Origin for la-di-da

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper