- a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
- boisterous; rude.
Origin of hoyden
Related Wordsfresh, mincing, teenage, unsophisticated, young, hoydenish, macho, male, manly, masculine, butch, tomboyish, unfeminine
Examples from the Web for hoydenish
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.A House Party with the Tucker Twins
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.Studies in Modern Music, Second Series
W. H. Hadow
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
- a wild boisterous girl; tomboy
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.