hoitytoity

hoity-toity

[hoi-tee-toi-tee]
adjective
1.
assuming airs; pretentious; haughty.
2.
giddy; flighty.
noun
3.
giddy behavior.

Origin:
1660–70; rhyming compound based on hoit to romp, riot (now obsolete)

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hoity-toity (ˌhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ)
 
adj
informal arrogant or haughty: we have had enough of her hoity-toity manner
 
[C17: rhyming compound based on C16 hoit to romp, of obscure origin]

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hoity-toity
1668, "riotous behavior," from earlier highty tighty "frolicsome, flighty," perhaps an alteration and reduplication of dial. hoyting "acting the hoyden, romping" (1594), see hoyden. Sense of "haughty" first recorded late 1800s, probably on similarity of sound.
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