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la-di-da

[lah-dee-dah] /ˈlɑ diˈdɑ/
interjection
1.
(used as an expression of derision directed at affected gentility or pretentious refinement.)
adjective
2.
affected; pretentious; foppish:
a la-di-da manner.
noun
3.
an affected or pretentious person.
4.
behavior or speech characterized by affected or exaggerated gentility.
Also, la-de-da, lah-di-dah.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; derisive imitation of affected, pseudo-elevated speech
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British Dictionary definitions for la-de-da

la-di-da

/ˌlɑːdiːˈdɑː/
adjective
1.
(informal) affecting exaggeratedly genteel manners or speech
noun
2.
a la-di-da person
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for la-de-da

lah-de-dah

adjective
  1. Very refined and respectable: Nobody weren't going to make her live in a lah-di-dah place like that (1940s+)
  2. Carefree and nonchalant: Her emotions at the dissolution of her 25-year marriage are anything but la-de-da (1970s+)
interjection

A phrase used to mean the equivalent of ''It doesn't matter'': You're canceling our date? Oh well, lah-di-dah (1970s+)

noun

A dandyish or sissified man; superrefined and delicate person: Some lah-de-dah with a cane (1883+)

verb

To treat in a nonchalant, offhand manner: The outfielder la-di-da'd the catch (1970s+)

[an imitation of casual and aristocratic speech]


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