variants or less commonly la-de-da or lah-de-dah or lah-dee-dah or lah-di-dah
: affectedly or pretentiously elegant or refined in manners or tastes
… they soon became civilized. Two years later Fabyan saw them in Westminster Palace, dressed like la-di-da English courtiers.Samuel Eliot Morison
Iris was a freshman at Climping Academy, the Santa Teresa private school located in Horton Ravine, which was so la-di-da, it totally freaked her out.Sue Grafton

Examples of la-di-da in a Sentence

there's no need to be la-di-da with your friends—we all know that classy accent is a put-on

Word History


perhaps alteration of lardy-dardy foppish

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of la-di-da was in 1881

Dictionary Entries Near la-di-da

Cite this Entry

“La-di-da.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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