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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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hoydenish




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 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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