Definition of hoity-toity adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhɔɪti ˈtɔɪti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɔɪti ˈtɔɪti//
(old-fashioned, informal)
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behaving in a way that suggests that you think you are more important than other people More Like This Reduplicative words airy-fairy, argy-bargy, chit-chat, criss-cross, dilly-dally, harum-scarum, helter-skelter, higgledy-piggledy, hocus-pocus, hoity-toity, hotchpotch, hurly-burly, itty-bitty, mumbo jumbo, mishmash, nitty-gritty, ping-pong, pitter-patter, shilly-shally, teeny-weeny, tittle-tattle, touchy-feely, wishy-washySee worksheet. Word Originmid 17th cent. (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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