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Monday, November 10, 2014

Definitions for hoyden

  1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
  2. boisterous; rude. Also, hoiden.

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Citations for hoyden
At seven Juliet was an elfish creature… A hoyden who cuffed her duller witted brothers impartially and cursed her parents with shocking fluency. William Faulkner, "Adolescence," Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner, edited by Joseph Blotner, 1979
Miss Matilda, a strapping hoyden of about fourteen, with a short frock and trousers, shrugged her shoulders and made a slight grimace, but took a candle and proceeded before me, up the back stairs… Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey, 1847
Origin of hoyden
Hoyden is of uncertain origin, though etymologists suggest it may be linked to the Dutch term heiden meaning "heathen." It entered English in the late 1500s.