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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Related Words for la-di-daapish, artificial, assumed, awkward, chichi, conceited, contrived, counterfeit, feigned, fraud, ham, hollow, insincere, mannered, melodramatic, ostentatious, overdone, pedantic, phony, pompous
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Contemporary Examples of la-di-da
But la-di-da people also buy that water in Fiji and have it shipped thousands of miles, so maybe they would have been fine.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
Historical Examples of 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
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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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