hoyden

or hoi·den

[ hoid-n ]
/ ˈhɔɪd n /

noun

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

adjective

boisterous; rude.

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Origin of hoyden

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

hoiden

/ (ˈhɔɪdən) /

noun

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

hoyden


n.

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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