Definition of hotsy-totsy in US English:



dated, informal
  • 1Very pleasing or good.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘We lost dear old Gran, but we kept telling her to stop borrowing the motorcycle, but otherwise all is hotsy-totsy.’
    • ‘Then Besson wrote the story of a drug-addicted murderess who is transformed into a hotsy-totsy political assassin by some shadowy government agency.’
    • ‘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).’
  • 2

    another 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), American cartoonist.



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