Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hotsy-totsy adj.

also hotsy
[ext. of hot adj. (8b); coined by cartoonist William ‘Billie’ de Beck, c.1925]
(orig. US)

1. excellent, satisfactory, just right.

[US]The California Ramblers [song title] Everything Is Hotsy-Totsy Now.
[US]J.P. McEvoy Hollywood Girl 111: Gee, that’s hotsy.
[US]Hecht & Fowler Great Magoo 52: Everything’s hotsy-totsy, ’cause I got you.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 519: Joey would come through [...] and it would end hotsy totsy.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 354: Said a prominent lecherous Nazi, / ‘Our program may sound hotsy-totsy, / But a girl, when you diddle her, / Spreads her thighs with Heil Hitler! / And it all seems a little ersatzy.
[US]J. Blake letter 21 Aug. in Joint (1972) 121: I suppose you saw the story in The Paris Review, with the hotsy-totsy illustrations?
[US](con. 1930s) R. Barber Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968) 181: So what’s so hotsy-totsy about some bimbo with her tits in a dither?
[US](con. 1916) G. Swarthout Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 165: ‘Did you have a good time in El Paso, sir?’ lisped Den Uyl. ‘Hotsy-totsy.’.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 19 Feb. 4: He [...] seemed to be constantly engaged in sexual harassment with hotsy-totsy women.

2. of a place, sophisticated.

[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 1 Oct. [synd. col.] Quite a number of the hotsy-totsy joints are deserted.
[US]H.C. Witwer Yes Man’s Land 106: Why don’t you open a gym—a sort of hotsy-totsy athletic club for the picture bunch?

3. sexually provocative.

P. Blauner Casino Moon 223: [S]he looked like a cheap Vegas showgirl [...] [S]he affected a hotsy-totsy walk like her pussy was a bowl with boiling soup threatening to spill over the sides.

In phrases

play hotsy-totsy (v.)

to play games with, lit. or fig.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Syndicate (1998) 3: I cound’t see the sense in Lou Pulco sending me [...] to play hotsy-totsy with a gay boy.