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hoity-toity

[hoi-tee-toi-tee] /ˈhɔɪ tiˈtɔɪ ti/
adjective
1.
assuming airs; pretentious; haughty.
2.
giddy; flighty.
noun
3.
giddy behavior.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; rhyming compound based on hoit to romp, riot (now obsolete)
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British Dictionary definitions for hoity toity

hoity-toity

/ˌhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ/
adjective
1.
(informal) arrogant or haughty: we have had enough of her hoity-toity manner
Word Origin
C17: rhyming compound based on C16 hoit to romp, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hoity toity

hoity-toity

also hoity toity, 1660s, "riotous behavior," from earlier highty tighty "frolicsome, flighty," perhaps an alteration and reduplication of dialectal hoyting "acting the hoyden, romping" (1590s), see hoyden. Sense of "haughty" first recorded late 1800s, probably on similarity of sound.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hoity toity

hoity-toity

adjective

Snobbishly exclusive; haughty; uppish; snooty: in the hoity-toitiest of Fifth Avenue shops/ Will he go all hoity-toity on us? (1668+)

interjection

(also highty-tighty): Highty tighty! What a debil of a rage (1695+)

[fr earlier highty-tighty, ''peremptory, quarrelsome,'' perhaps related to the notion of being high in the sense of ''superior'']


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