[ hoi-tee-toi-tee ]
/ ˈhɔɪ tiˈtɔɪ ti /


assuming airs; pretentious; haughty.
giddy; flighty.


giddy behavior.

Nearby words

  1. hoise,
  2. hoisin,
  3. hoisin sauce,
  4. hoist,
  5. hoist by one's own petard,
  6. hojo,
  7. hoka,
  8. hokan,
  9. hoke,
  10. hokey

Origin of hoity-toity

First recorded in 1660–70; rhyming compound based on hoit to romp, riot (now obsolete)

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British Dictionary definitions for hoity-toity


/ (ˌhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ) /


informal arrogant or haughtywe have had enough of her hoity-toity manner

Word Origin for hoity-toity

C17: rhyming compound based on C16 hoit to romp, of obscure origin

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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.

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