hoity-toity definition by Webster's New World
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- Brit. giddy or flighty; capricious
- haughty; arrogant; condescending
- petulant; huffy
Origin: reduplicated, reduplication of obsolete hoit, to indulge in noisy mirth
hoity-toity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Pretentiously self-important; pompous.
- Given to frivolity or silliness.
Origin: From reduplication of dialectal hoit, to romp; perhaps akin to hoyden.