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[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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Examples from the Web for hoydenish
Historical Examples
  • At her first introduction she is somewhat too hoydenish for the mistress of the noble D'Arlon.

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

  • I shall not object to her going to Ivy Lodge sometimes in this way, if it does not make her rough or hoydenish.'

    Robin Redbreast Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • 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
  • We must have been a great trial to her, because we were a noisy, hoydenish lot.

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

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • 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
  • She has dropped that hoydenish, tomboyish manner that was so offensive when she returned from the ranch.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • Her manners were free and natural,—sometimes a little child-like or hoydenish.

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.

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