hoity-toity hoity-toity

Definition(s):

  • (adj) affectedly genteel

Usage(s):

  1. From hoi polloi to hoity-toity Carter is not exactly a grand old English name.
  2. I suppose there is no class of men with so much concentrated snobbishness, lordy-dordy and hoity-toity as the officers on British liners.
  3. The stage swarms with snooty butlers, comic valets, tripping parlormaids, hoity-toity housekeepers, red-nosed cooks.

News

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    Credit: Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images Every guy wants to work his way up in society, whether it's to become more powerful or just hang out with beautiful models and professional athletes. But who the hell actually wants to go to the effort of making a fortune in order to schmooze with the hoity-toity? Still, a guy [...]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: MTV

Quotes

  1. "In effect, the WB [World Bank] is saying that the finance secretary and the Ombudsman are relevant authorities, but not the Senate. I [will] educate those hoity-toity WB lawyers that in the Philippines, a public hearing is a constitutionally...
    on Feb 5, 2009 By: Miriam Defensor-Santiago Source: Inquirer.net

  2. "They always ask me, 'How was Dorothy?' I tell them she was an angel," Maren said. "You would expect a big movie star like that to be all hoity-toity but she was real nice."
    on Feb 16, 2009 By: Jerry Maren Source: Clay Today Online

  3. "The idea of this former slave ending up in this hoity-toity town on the coast of Massachusetts at a house with a giant screened-in porch," Blight said. "Well, I could just imagine John Washington living and dying on that front porch."
    on Aug 25, 2008 By: David Blight Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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