- ‘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.
Mid 17th century (as noun in the sense 'boisterous or silly behaviour', then as adjective meaning 'lively and playful'): from obsolete hoit 'indulge in riotous mirth', of unknown origin.
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