quite the diva


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Serbian - Bosnia
A native speaker wrote me in an e-mail the sentence "He's quite the diva", referring to another guy. What does this exactly mean? Is it formal, informal, slangy?
Could you say also "He's quite A diva"? It would maybe sound more reasonable grammatically....
  • owlman5

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    "The diva" is how I usually hear it used, Tosamja. Here it should mean that the guy is dramatic and demanding. You could also use "a diva", but I think "the diva" is more common.


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    English - South-East England
    'Quite a' is more normal grammatically, and would fit with any degree of formality. 'Quite the' is idiomatic and informal, the sort of thing I might expect to hear in a situation comedy. It's hard to say what extra it conveys: a bit of either sarcasm or admiration, perhaps. I think only used of people: it's quite a problem, but not :cross:quite the problem. It suggests some kind of archetype or high degree - not the lukewarm BrE 'quite' if 'quite a hard worker' meant "works fairly/reasonably hard". I might expect to hear someone described as quite the expert / blue-eyed boy / hero of the day.

    'Diva' is informal for anyone who isn't actually Maria Callas or the like, of course. Any man, for a start.


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