\ ˌlä-dē-ˈdä How to pronounce la-di-da (audio) \
variants: or less commonly la-de-da or or lah-dee-dah or lah-di-dah

Definition of la-di-da

: 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

First Known Use of la-di-da

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for la-di-da

perhaps alteration of lardy-dardy foppish

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

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“La-di-da.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of la-di-da

informal : acting or talking in a false and annoying way that is thought to be typical of rich and important people

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