- assuming airs; pretentious; haughty.
- giddy; flighty.
- giddy behavior.
Origin of hoity-toity
Examples from the Web for hoity-toity
How did the most American of retailers get mixed up with a hoity-toity Parisian boutique?Voilà, Le Gap!
September 24, 2009
It was Paddy and Hoity-Toity engaged in animated discussion.
I barred the door even as Hoity-Toity's fist thundered on the oak.
Hoity-toity, I don't see as he's any better than anybody else.Reels and Spindles
"Hoity-toity," said the waiter, and he left off throwing the sand.Sybil
I know the girl for a sly, scheming, hoity-toity flirt, but to think that she'd act so low like!The Long Chance
Peter B. Kyne
- informal arrogant or haughtywe have had enough of her hoity-toity manner
Word Origin and History for 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.