Definitions

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

Etymologies

From reduplication of dialectal hoit, to romp; perhaps akin to hoyden.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the archaic verb hoit ("to play the fool; to behave thoughtlessly and frivolously") (Wiktionary)

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  • Ooh! *Plans to try it out on Boris at the first available opportunity*

    April 10, 2009

  • An invective against a 'proud puss' (e.g. "Hoity-toity, Miss Starr!" -L.M. Montgomery, 'Emily of New Moon')

    April 10, 2009

  • "A hoity-toity wench: a giddy, thoughtless, romping girl."
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 8, 2008

  • 1. Pretentiously self-important; pompous.
    2. Given to frivolity or silliness.

    May 15, 2008