Dictionary.com

hoity-toity

[ hoi-tee-toi-tee ]
/ ˈhɔɪ tiˈtɔɪ ti /
Save This Word!

adjective
assuming airs; pretentious; highfalutin; haughty: He thinks he's better than we are because he went to one of those hoity-toity private schools.
noun
giddy behavior.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of hoity-toity

First recorded in 1660–70; reduplicated and altered rhyming compound based on hoit “to romp, riot, play the fool” (now obsolete)

Words nearby hoity-toity

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use hoity-toity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hoity-toity

hoity-toity
/ (ˌhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ) /

adjective
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK