Hoity-toity Hoi"ty-toi`ty, a. [From {Hoit}.] Thoughtless; giddy; flighty; also, haughty; patronizing; as, to be in hoity-toity spirits, or to assume hoity-toity airs; used also as an exclamation, denoting surprise or disapprobation, with some degree of contempt. [1913 Webster]

Hoity-toity! What have I to do with dreams? --Congreve. [1913 Webster]

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  • hoity-toity — also hoity toity, 1660s, riotous behavior, from earlier highty tighty frolicsome, flighty, perhaps an alteration and reduplication of dial. hoyting acting the hoyden, romping (1590s), see HOYDEN (Cf. hoyden). Sense of haughty first recorded late… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hoity-toity — [hoit′ē toit′ē] adj. [redupl. of obs. hoit, to indulge in noisy mirth] 1. Brit. giddy or flighty; capricious 2. haughty; arrogant; condescending 3. petulant; touchy; huffy n. hoity toity behavior …   English World dictionary

  • hoity-toity — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ haughty. ORIGIN originally in the sense «frolicsome, flighty»: from obsolete hoit «indulge in riotous mirth» …   English terms dictionary

  • Hoity Toity — Infobox Game image link= subject name=Hoity Toity designer= Klaus Teuber publisher= Überplay players=2 to 6 ages=12 years and up setup time=approx. 5 minutes playing time=> 45 minutes complexity=Low strategy=Medium random chance= Card shuffling… …   Wikipedia

  • hoity-toity — Affectedly genteel, pretentiously self important, unduly proud. She is one hoity toity bitch …   Dictionary of american slang

  • hoity-toity — a bit snobbish, high and mighty    Pamela is a classy lady, but she is not snobbish or hoity toity …   English idioms

  • hoity-toity — hoi•ty toi•ty [[t]ˈhɔɪ tiˈtɔɪ ti[/t]] adj. 1) pretentious; haughty 2) giddy; flighty 3) hoity toity behavior • Etymology: 1660–70; rhyming compound based on hoit to romp, riot (now obs.) …   From formal English to slang

  • hoity toity — Synonyms and related words: Olympian detachment, Olympian loftiness, arrogance, arrogant, arrogantness, assumption of superiority, big, condescendence, condescending, condescension, dizzy, domineering, domineeringness, featherbrained, flighty,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hoity-toity — I. noun Etymology: rhyming compound from English dialect hoit to play the fool Date: 1668 thoughtless giddy behavior II. adjective Date: 1812 1. thoughtlessly silly or frivolous ; flighty 2. marked by an air of assumed importance ; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hoity-toity — /hoy tee toy tee/, adj. 1. assuming airs; pretentious; haughty. 2. giddy; flighty. n. 3. giddy behavior. [1660 70; rhyming compound based on hoit to romp, riot (now obs.)] * * * …   Universalium

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