or hoi·den



a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.


boisterous; rude.

Origin of hoyden

1585–95; perhaps < Middle Dutch heyden boor, heathen
Related formshoy·den·ish, adjectivehoy·den·ism, noun
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Related Words for hoyden

romp, meg, gamine, spitfire, hoiden

Examples from the Web for hoyden

Historical Examples of hoyden

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

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for hoyden




a wild boisterous girl; tomboy
Derived Formshoydenish or hoidenish, adjectivehoydenishness or hoidenishness, noun

Word Origin for hoyden

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.

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