Definition of la-di-da in English:


(also lah-di-dah)


  • Pretentious or snobbish in manner or speech.

    ‘do I really sound like a la-di-da society lawyer?’
    • ‘Does it ever make you cry to think of us labouring away for so little reward, while you shamelessly enjoy the fruits of our work, sitting in your comfy chair, with your la-di-da central heating and your bottomless bag of Tostitos?’
    • ‘The entire book is announced by her as an attack upon her own image as ‘Miss Chastity Belt’, ‘America's la-di-da happy virgin’.’
    • ‘The other presentation is on Saturday, March 9, at 3: 30 p.m. It's hosted by École Polytechnique's Sylvain Martel (who's all la-di-da now that he's in with those cool kids at MIT), and it concerns nanobots.’
    • ‘The skivvies from the Cabinet Office come in, all lah-di-dah and arm's length. ‘How many of you ponces voted New Labour yesterday?’’
    • ‘I know who my money would have been on, and it wouldn't have been a baby-faced smoothie with no track record and a silver spoon in his lah-di-dah gob.’
    • ‘He is at once hugely affable and yet faintly sulky, the dogged, world-weary NCO in some ancient sitcom, say, wearily humouring the la-di-da adjutant in the knowledge that everything will soon go badly wrong.’
    • ‘I've never seen a drug culture that was so la-di-da, so clean shaven!’
    • ‘When you say design, some folks conjure up images of la-di-da characters with long silk scarves flurrying about pointing out how atrocious or marvelous everything looks.’
    • ‘No one likes a la-di-da smartypants unless he's a Perrier Award nominee and his name is Chris Addison.’
    • ‘I was everything he didn't like - a woman, with a la-di-da accent, who came from the south, who'd been Oxbridge-educated, and hired on the milk round.’
    • ‘The la-di-da world of haute cuisine becomes rapidly less genteel during truffle season, a period marked by the hysterical hunting, trading, smuggling and devouring of this elusive subterranean fungal delicacy.’
    • ‘They think they're way too expensive and la-di-da for a kid to have.’
    • ‘I did see something when I was researching my book at the Warner Brothers - at the archives, and the Marine Corps was really thrilled about its portrayal, because Hollywood had a tendency to get la-di-da and all that nonsense.’
    • ‘Here, Keaton's la-di-da flibbertigibbet dissolved all of her neurotic mannerisms and simply stood still, gently and lovingly warbling what became the film's essence.’
    • ‘‘Dance Base itself is full of classes and la-di-da stuff, but we can't platform professional work, therefore I thought we should collaborate,’ says Deyes.’
    • ‘What, cough syrup and Lysol-in-a-cup not good enough for you fancypants, la-di-da aristocrats?’
    • ‘Even though St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys and Flatliners and Falling Down and The Client had all been successful - and I know I'm saying that in a very la-di-da, cavalier sort of way - they didn't cost money.’
    • ‘After a few more attempts at conversation, he got angry and started muttering ‘Posh Whalley Range lady… la-di-da Moss Side lady’.’
    • ‘‘Film stock is so precious in these times’, the critic complained, ‘yet Hiroshi Shimizu still comes up with such la-di-da stuff.’’
    affected, ostentatious, chichi, showy, flashy, tinselly, conspicuous, flaunty, tasteless, kitschy
    snobbish, refined, over-refined, pretentious, affected, mannered, pompous, conceited, superior, haughty, precious
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Late 19th century: imitative of an affected manner of speech.