from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Pretentiously self-important; pompous.
- adj. Given to frivolity or silliness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pompous, self-important and snobbish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Thoughtless; giddy; flighty; also, haughty; patronizing; ; used also as an exclamation, denoting surprise or disapprobation, with some degree of contempt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation denoting surprise or disapprobation, with some degree of contempt: equivalent to pshaw.
- Elated; giddy; flighty; petulant; huffy: as, he is in hoity-toity spirits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affectedly genteel
The Dursley friends recieved the packet you sent by Parcel, and are all hoity-toity, and so could I, was I going to ride home with them.
It has allowed Mrs. Palin to dismiss any criticism of her—no matter how straightforward—as yet more hostility from opponents, or as hoity-toity blather from inside-the-Beltway mopes.
These/You people (lawyers) are an elitist, hoity-toity club.
The rhetoric of prejudicial disdain is meted out, on the one hand against the “hoity-toity”, and on the other against the “hoi poloi” -- against the “snob” with complex tastes and the “pleb” with simple tastes.
There are hoity-toity rich people just around the corner.
He's a troubled kid at a fancy, hoity-toity high school, says Mitchell.
ADAM: Methinks we're going to meet lots of parents, including the hoity-toity British mother and father of Walden's new girlfriend.
"People think New Mexico is all hoity-toity, high-end—or, for the real out-there people, there's Roswell" and flying saucers, Ms. Molidor said.
And there have been a series of performances in association with the Sun that shocked the more hoity-toity.
In a way it is heartening that he can still arouse this agitation, that there is space in our game for cultural differences, even imaginary ones Wenger is after all not really a hoity-toity Frenchman: he is a hoity‑toity economist – coming over here, taking our jobs, failing to bankrupt our football clubs.
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