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hoiden

[hoid-n] /ˈhɔɪd n/
noun, adjective
1.
Related forms
hoidenish, adjective

hoyden

or hoiden

[hoid-n] /ˈhɔɪd n/
noun
1.
a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
adjective
2.
boisterous; rude.
Origin of hoyden
1585-1595
1585-95; perhaps < Middle Dutch heyden boor, heathen
Related forms
hoydenish, adjective
hoydenism, noun
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Examples from the Web for hoiden
Historical Examples
  • In the more innocent sense of the word she looked like her name, hoiden.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • Talking never mended matters; Jack was at the hoiden age, and had to grow into tidiness and womanhood by-and-by.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Meantime the railroad was completed, and Mr. Pearl came to the Judge's early one morning and called for hoiden.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • Only an hour later Mr. Pearl and hoiden stood at the new station on Luke's land, waiting for the east-going train.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • When hoiden saw the letter was for Luke she begged leave to put in a few words of postscript, and she had her way.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • Betsy met him at the door, and, woman-like, told the story of hoiden's departure almost at the first breath.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for hoiden

hoiden

/ˈhɔɪdən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of hoyden
Derived Forms
hoidenish, adjective
hoidenishness, noun

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 hoiden

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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