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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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  • She had emerged from the awkwardness and heaviness of the hoydenish age.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • We must have been a great trial to her, because we were a noisy, hoydenish lot.

  • Ann Veronica decided that "hoydenish ragger" was the only phrase to express her.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • It is with very little fascination that we watch the posturing of our hoydenish polkas or our ill-bred slangy waltzes.

  • I really began to think that the only hoydenish people I had ever seen were ladies and gentlemen.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • If the chief character is of the other sex we are dragged through her dreamy girlhood, or hoydenish.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • At her first introduction she is somewhat too hoydenish for the mistress of the noble D'Arlon.

  • Self-willed and thoughtless—even rude and hoydenish—we may think her in these days of gentler manners and more guarded speech.

    Historic Girls E. S. Brooks
  • In fact the care-free, hoydenish girl seemed to have ripened into a strong-hearted, wholesome, healthful woman.

    The Golden Road

    Frank Waller Allen
  • Her manner was boyish, hoydenish at times, and although convent-trained, she was inclined to balk at restraint in any form.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for hoydenish


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



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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