la-di-da

la-di-da

[lah-dee-dah] Informal.
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:
1880–85; derisive imitation of affected, pseudo-elevated speech

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To la-di-da
Collins
World English Dictionary
la-di-da, lah-di-dah or la-de-da (ˌlɑːdiːˈdɑː)
 
adj
1.  informal affecting exaggeratedly genteel manners or speech
 
n
2.  a la-di-da person
 
[C19: mockingly imitative of affected speech]
 
lah-di-dah, lah-di-dah or la-de-da
 
adj
 
n
 
[C19: mockingly imitative of affected speech]
 
la-de-da, lah-di-dah or la-de-da
 
adj
 
n
 
[C19: mockingly imitative of affected speech]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

la-di-da
mocking of affected gentility, c.1883, in derisive imitation of "swell" way of talking.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;