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hoyden

or hoi·den

[hoid-n]
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noun
  1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
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adjective
  1. 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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Related Words

fresh, mincing, teenage, unsophisticated, young, hoydenish, macho, male, manly, masculine, butch, tomboyish, unfeminine

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Historical Examples

  • 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

hoyden

hoiden

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

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch heidijn heathen
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Word Origin and History for hoydenish

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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