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or hoiden

[hoid-n] /ˈhɔɪd n/
a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
boisterous; rude.
Origin of hoyden
1585-95; perhaps < Middle Dutch heyden boor, heathen
Related forms
hoydenish, adjective
hoydenism, noun Unabridged
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  • Instead of finding his young people “one hundred per cent more of the hoyden,” he observed an unwonted dignity.

    God's Green Country Ethel M. Chapman
  • The hoyden took him up in a moment, and added of her own devilry a trumpet and banner.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • Now and then he had to glance down at the white hair of the hoyden to reassure himself.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Mrs. Jordan superlative in hoyden, and Jones well enough in Foppington.

  • Unless, that is, this hoyden phase is rendered permanent in her by masculine training.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • Time and Love have vainly nibbled with sharp teeth; they have in no way lessened the vague but eternal charm of her hoyden breast.

  • She felt the long repressed, half-forgotten tomboy, hoyden Brinnaria surging up in her and gaining mastery.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • Already she calls me a hoyden, and an untamed Irish girl—which I am, the last I mean, and proud of it.

    Donald McElroy, Scotch Irishman Willie Walker Caldwell
  • He had engaged a hoyden, and she was by way of becoming a lady.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The straight, slim, boy-like lines of the hoyden girl have evolved into the curves and rounded suppleness and beauties of a woman.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
British Dictionary definitions for hoyden


a wild boisterous girl; tomboy
Derived Forms
hoydenish, hoidenish, adjective
hoydenishness, hoidenishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch heidijn heathen
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Word Origin and History for hoyden

1590s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Dutch heiden "rustic, uncivilized man," from Middle Dutch heiden "heathen" (see heathen). Originally in English "rude, boorish fellow;" sense of "ill-bred, boisterous female" first recorded 1670s.

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