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1. Pretentiously self-important; pompous.
2. Given to frivolity or silliness.
[From reduplication of dialectal hoit, to romp; perhaps akin to hoyden.]
informal arrogant or haughty: we have had enough of her hoity-toity manner.
[C17: rhyming compound based on C16 hoit to romp, of obscure origin]
hoi•ty-toi•ty(ˈhɔɪ tiˈtɔɪ ti)
1. pretentious; haughty.
2. giddy; flighty.n.
3. hoity-toity behavior.
[1660–70; rhyming compound based on hoit to romp, riot (now obsolete)]
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|Adj.||1.||hoity-toity - affectedly genteel|
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
adjective (Informal) haughty, proud, arrogant, stuck-up (informal), lofty, conceited, snooty (informal), scornful, snobbish, disdainful, supercilious, high and mighty (informal), overweening, toffee-nosed (slang, chiefly Brit.), uppish (Brit. informal) My auntie up from the south was trying to be all hoity-toity.