also la-de-da or lah-de-dah or lah-dee-dah or lah-di-dah adjective Etymology: perhaps alteration of lardy-dardy foppish Date: 1889 affectedly refined in manners or tastes ; pretentious, elegant

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  • la-di-da — la di dah [ˌla: di: ˈda:] adj informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Copying the speech of upper class people] used to describe someone s behaviour when you think they are talking and behaving as if they consider themselves better than other people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • la-di-da — [ ,la di da ] adjective INFORMAL trying to impress people by behaving as though you are from a high social class. This word shows you dislike people like this: STUCK UP: a woman with a la di da accent …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • la-di-da — [lä΄dē dä′] adj. [imitation of affected speech] Informal affected in speech, manners, etc.; pretentiously refined n. Informal 1. a la di da person 2. affected speech or behavior interj. used to express derision in response to affectation,… …   English World dictionary

  • la-di-da — /la di ˈda/ (say lah dee dah) Colloquial –adjective 1. affectedly pretentious, especially in manner, speech, or bearing. –noun 2. (euphemistic) the toilet. Also, lah di dah. {imitative of intonation of affected speech} –la di dady, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • la-di-da — (also lah di dah) ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ pretentious or snobbish. ORIGIN imitative of an affected manner of speech …   English terms dictionary

  • la-di-da — mocking of affected gentility, 1874, in derisive imitation of swell way of talking …   Etymology dictionary

  • la-di-da — [[t]lɑ͟ː di dɑ͟ː[/t]] also lah di dah ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as la di da, you mean that they have an upper class way of behaving, which you think seems unnatural and is only done to impress people. [OLD FASHIONED] I… …   English dictionary

  • la-di-da — /lah dee dah /, Informal. interj. 1. (used as an expression of derision directed at affected gentility or pretentious refinement.) adj. 2. affected; pretentious; foppish: a la di da manner. n. 3. an affected or pretentious person. 4. behavior or… …   Universalium

  • la-di-da — 1. adjective Disdainful description of pretension or haughtiness. She was all la di da, with her nose in the air, and were all struggling not to laugh because that would be gauche. 2. interjection Expression of disdain for …   Wiktionary

  • la-di-da — or la de da [[t]ˈlɑ diˈdɑ[/t]] adj. affected; pretentious: a la di da manner[/ex] • Etymology: 1880–85; imit. of affected speech …   From formal English to slang

  • la-di-da — adj. & n. colloq. adj. pretentious or snobbish, esp. in manner or speech. n. 1 a la di da person. 2 la di da speech or manners. Etymology: imit. of an affected manner of speech …   Useful english dictionary

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