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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Definitions for hoity-toity

  1. assuming airs; pretentious; haughty.
  2. giddy; flighty.
  3. giddy behavior.

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Citations for hoity-toity
Always crowing about their kid with the straight A's at that hoity-toity school. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex, 2002
The typeface used for the credits is the kind of hoity-toity cursive writing—in hot pink, no less—one might see on a Tiffany & Co. shower invitation. Laura Jacobs, "The Devil Inside: Watching Rosemary's Baby in the Age of #MeToo," Vanity Fair, Summer 2018
Origin of hoity-toity
1660-1670
The adjective hoity-toity now means “pretentious, haughty”; formerly it meant “frivolous, giddy.” The phrase is probably an alteration and reduplication of hoit, an obsolete verb of obscure origin meaning “to romp, play the fool.” Hoit may also be the source of or akin to hoyden “boisterous, carefree girl, tomboy,” possibly a borrowing from Dutch heiden “rustic, uncivilized person.” Hoity-toity entered English in the 17th century.
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