hoity-toity


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hoi·ty-toi·ty

 (hoi′tē-toi′tē)
adj.
1. Pretentiously self-important; pompous.
2. Given to frivolity or silliness.

[From reduplication of dialectal hoit, to romp; perhaps akin to hoyden.]
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hoity-toity

(ˌhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ)
adj
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]
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hoi•ty-toi•ty

(ˈhɔɪ tiˈtɔɪ ti)

adj.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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hoity-toity

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.
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hoity-toity

adjective
Characterized by an exaggerated show of dignity or self-importance:
Informal: highfalutin.
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Translations

hoity-toity

[ˈhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ]
A. ADJpresumido, engreído
B. EXCL¡tate!
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hoity-toity

[ˌhɔɪtiˈtɔɪti] adj [person] → prétentieux/euse, qui se la donne
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hoity-toity

(inf)
adjhochnäsig, eingebildet; she’s gone all hoity-toitysie markiert die feine Dame (inf); oh hoity-toity, are we?wohl zu fein für unsereins?
interjsieh mal einer an (inf)
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hoity-toity

[ˌhɔɪtɪˈtɔɪtɪ] adj (fam) → altezzoso/a
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References in classic literature ?
Fortunately the mischievous fellow was out of earshot, but the chrysanthemums heard her, and they all said so pointedly "Hoity-toity, what is this?" that she had to come out and show herself.
It must have been a hit since a few years later, in 1993, Tayag was featured as the guest chef of the hoity-toity Chaine des Rotisseurs at their annual dinner held at the Manila Hotel.
For the people that move out bring with them their hoity-toity socially liberal London values and a propensity to vote Labour.
These pigs are so content -- just look at those snouts -- to sleep under the breeze of a fan, they don't even notice all the visitors who come to see them and their hoity-toity blue ribbons in the hog barn.
"Some of the girls at shows, you know the Worboys hoity-toity ones in the West End who think that they're too good looking.
On that score, working in some parts of town has been made tougher by an officialdom that has bowed all too often to the wishes of hoity-toity builders.
They called my number - of course I had a number - and handed me a brown paper bag, trays being the sort of hoity-toity frippery with which this aggressively "no frills" restaurant has no truck.
My favourite joke: Hoity-toity Jerry Desmonde asks if dozy Norm wants a tip.
But that would sound hoity-toity, so I merely look at him and let my enigmatic smile do the talking.
But a movie that within the first 10 minutes has a salesman at a hoity-toity store mispronounce the protagonist's name as "Oh-ppenheimer"the singular cross born by our ilk, the world overis one about which I am exquisitely poised to notice all that the director, writer, and actors get wrong.