One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing contemptuous surprise or annoyance; = "hoity-toity". Now rare.
1Especially of a young woman: flighty, frivolous; = "hoity-toity". Now historical and rare.
2Petulant, touchy; (also, now chiefly) haughty, supercilious.
Late 17th century. Variant of hoity-toity and hoity-toity, apparently partly influenced in form by height and tight.
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