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hoity–toity

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noun hoi·ty–toi·ty \ˌhȯi-tē-ˈtȯi-tē, ˌhī-tē-ˈtī-tē\

Definition of hoity–toity

  1. :  thoughtless giddy behavior

Origin and Etymology of hoity–toity

rhyming compound from English dialect hoit to play the fool


First Known Use: 1668


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hoity–toity

adjective hoi·ty–toi·ty

Definition of hoity–toity

  1. 1 :  thoughtlessly silly or frivolous :  flighty

  2. 2 :  marked by an air of assumed importance :  highfalutin

1812

First Known Use of hoity–toity

1812


HOITY–TOITY Defined for English Language Learners


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hoity–toity

adjective hoi·ty–toi·ty

Definition of hoity–toity for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people


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