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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
1585-1595
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.