1Used as a term of approval.‘hotsy-totsy rhythms thrill the air’
- ‘Opening for them at l' Hémisphère Gauche are Edmonton's hotsy-totsy bass/drum duo Whitey Houston and Montreal's wizards of the tambourine, the Adam Brown.’
- ‘Then Besson wrote the story of a drug-addicted murderess who is transformed into a hotsy-totsy political assassin by some shadowy government agency.’
- ‘We lost dear old Gran, but we kept telling her to stop borrowing the motorcycle, but otherwise all is hotsy-totsy.’
- ‘This time around, the action takes place at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and some characters have been tweaked, but only just (Wayne is now a stockcar driver, chanteuse Emily is a hotsy-totsy showgirl).’
2another term for hoity-toity
- ‘Hotsy-Totsy observer Curt Salada rightly took me to task for my rather casual dismissal of my favourite film.’
Early 20th century: reduplication of hot, a fanciful formation by Billie de Beck (died 1942), US cartoonist.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.