hoity-toity

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

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.

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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)

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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
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