Definition of hotsy-totsy in English:

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hotsy-totsy

Pronunciation: /ˌhätsē ˈtätsē/

adjective

US informal, dated
1Used as a term of approval: hotsy-totsy rhythms thrill the air
More example sentences
  • Opening for them at l' Hémisphère Gauche are Edmonton's hotsy-totsy bass/drum duo Whitey Houston and Montreal's wizards of the tambourine, the Adam Brown.
  • Then Besson wrote the story of a drug-addicted murderess who is transformed into a hotsy-totsy political assassin by some shadowy government agency.
  • This time around, the action takes place at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and some characters have been tweaked, but only just (Wayne is now a stockcar driver, chanteuse Emily is a hotsy-totsy showgirl).
2 another term for hoity-toity.
Example sentences
  • Hotsy-Totsy observer Curt Salada rightly took me to task for my rather casual dismissal of my favourite film.

Origin

Early 20th century: reduplication of hot, a fanciful formation by Billie de Beck (died 1942), US cartoonist.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hot·sy-tot·sy

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