- a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
- boisterous; rude.
Origin of hoyden
Examples from the Web for hoyden
And this hoyden had talked as though she took an interest in Austen!Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
I hope I will not be too noisy, nor too much of a hoyden for you—for you are not well I am sure.The Days of My Life
She ascribed her hoyden behavior to the influence of the stage.Carnival
The hoyden took him up in a moment, and added of her own devilry a trumpet and banner.A Book of Scoundrels
Mrs. Jordan superlative in Hoyden, and Jones well enough in Foppington.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. III
- a wild boisterous girl; tomboy
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.