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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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  • And this hoyden had talked as though she took an interest in Austen!

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • 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 Mrs. Oliphant
  • She ascribed her hoyden behavior to the influence of the stage.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • The hoyden took him up in a moment, and added of her own devilry a trumpet and banner.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • Mrs. Jordan superlative in hoyden, and Jones well enough in Foppington.

  • He had engaged a hoyden, and she was by way of becoming a lady.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • For her to stay here, even with schooling at the Corners, is to let her grow up like a hoyden.

    The Girl From Tim's Place Charles Clark Munn
  • I am such a hoyden—such a romp—I disgust every one that comes near me; and yet I can't be gentle and sweet like you, if I die.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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