Instead of finding his young people “one hundred per cent more of the hoyden,” he observed an unwonted dignity.
The hoyden took him up in a moment, and added of her own devilry a trumpet and banner.
Now and then he had to glance down at the white hair of the hoyden to reassure himself.
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.
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.
Already she calls me a hoyden, and an untamed Irish girl—which I am, the last I mean, and proud of it.
He had engaged a hoyden, and she was by way of becoming a lady.
The straight, slim, boy-like lines of the hoyden girl have evolved into the curves and rounded suppleness and beauties of a woman.
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.