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la-di-da

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

[lah-dee-dah] /ˈlɑ diˈdɑ/ 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.
Origin of la-di-da
1880-1885
1880-85; derisive imitation of affected, pseudo-elevated speech
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  • You're enough to make a fellow drunk with your la-di-da behavior.

    Carnival 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

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-di-da

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

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