Definition of hoity-toity in English:

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hoity-toity

Pronunciation: /ˌhôədēˈtoidē/

adjective

1Haughty; snobbish: the moneyed, hoity-toity inhabitants of the island
More example sentences
  • ‘Well so are you,’ Krist returned haughtily, in his snooty, hoity-toity accent.
  • I do not know why people think I am hoity-toity or a snob!
  • ‘They see people in the country as hoity-toity but nothing could be further from the truth,’ he said as we pulled into the driveway of his fifteenth-century home, Kilhenzie Castle.
Synonyms
2 archaic Frolicsome.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense 'boisterous or silly behavior'): from obsolete hoit 'indulge in riotous mirth', of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: hoi·ty-toi·ty

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