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.'
I really began to think that the only hoydenish people I had ever seen were ladies and gentlemen.
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.
She had emerged from the awkwardness and heaviness of the hoydenish age.
Her manner was boyish, hoydenish at times, and although convent-trained, she was inclined to balk at restraint in any form.
She has dropped that hoydenish, tomboyish manner that was so offensive when she returned from the ranch.
Her manners were free and natural,—sometimes a little child-like or 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.