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Jun 15, 2016
This week’s theme
Reduplicatives

This week’s words
hugger-mugger
argle-bargle
hoity-toity
tussie-mussie
hurly-burly

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hoity-toity

PRONUNCIATION:
(HOI-tee TOI-tee)

MEANING:
adjective: Haughty; pretentious; huffy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From reduplication of hoit (to romp). Earliest documented use: 1668.

USAGE:
“Now, Liz lives in a very hoity-toity part of town and rubs shoulders with the rich and famous.”
Marla Jo Fisher; Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom; McClatchy-Tribune News Service (Washington, DC); Feb 15, 2016.

See more usage examples of hoity-toity in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? -Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)

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