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A high-spirited, boisterous, or saucy girl.
High-spirited; boisterous.

[From earlier hoyden, a rude youth, probably from Dutch heiden, heathen, boor, from Middle Dutch; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.]

hoy′den·ish adj.


(ˈhɔɪdən) or


a wild boisterous girl; tomboy
[C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch heidijn heathen]
ˈhoydenish, ˈhoidenish adj
ˈhoydenishness, ˈhoidenishness n


(ˈhɔɪd n)

a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; tomboy.
[1585–95; perhaps < Middle Dutch heyden boor, heathen]
hoy′den•ish, adj.


- Can be applied to rude, ignorant people.
See also related terms for rude.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hoyden - a girl who behaves in a boyish mannerhoyden - a girl who behaves in a boyish manner
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"


(o.f.) [ˈhɔɪdn] Nmarimacho m


nwilde Range (dated), → Wildfang m (dated)
References in classic literature ?
But at first I was just an overgrown hoyden, and joined Sasha in playing the fool.
Mary was a little hoyden, and Fred at six years old thought her the nicest girl in the world making her his wife with a brass ring which he had cut from an umbrella.
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 (a long, steep, double flight), and through a long, narrow passage, to a small but tolerably comfortable room.
Miss Matilda Murray was a veritable hoyden, of whom little need be said.
Jessie, who had been a pretty hoyden years ago herself.
A country hoyden (Jenny Rainsford wearing pink hair) turns up looking for a bloke and shrieks with un-ladylike joy when her skirts are rumpled, and so the madness and mayhem goes on, with everybody tittle-tattling, screaming for things that cannot be achieved, and apparently distributing their sexual favours with a liberality which drew condemnation for the theatre in general and Congreve in particular from the Protestan-biased middle-class.
Among her varied and variable personae was a sexually aggressive New World hoyden.
She is everything, a gorgeous, tiny hoyden, like a vintage carhop shot through the Paradise Garage on her way to MOMA.
There are plenty of sluts, tramps, and whores around now, but how many hoyden minxes?
Recently, celebrated science champion, astrophysicist, and Director of the Hoyden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed these and other topics with District Administration.
Pickford's hoyden shares much with that ideal and with Griffith's child-women, but her characters' physical assertiveness and determined mind-set tend to obscure these fundamental commonalities" (54).
Now this hoyden reveals she lost her virginity at 14, just before she started a series of handbag thefts, drug-taking and knife-carrying.