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hoyden

[hoid-n] /ˈhɔɪd n/
noun
1.
a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
adjective
2.
boisterous; rude.
Also, hoiden.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; perhaps < Middle Dutch heyden boor, heathen
Related forms
hoydenish, adjective
hoydenism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hoydenish

hoyden

/ˈhɔɪdən/
noun
1.
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 hoydenish

hoyden

n.

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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