Also found in: Thesaurus.


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hoydenish - used of girlshoydenish - used of girls; wild and boisterous  
unwomanly - not womanly; "the logical clearness of her arguments...condemned her as eccentric and unwomanly"


adjrangenhaft (dated), → wild, ungestüm
References in periodicals archive ?
Her portrayal was winning, avoiding the slightly hoydenish Adina of convention.
Led by Cush Jumbo ("The Good Wife") as the hoydenish Kate, and Janet McTeer ("Mary Stuart") as the woman-taming Petruchio, the all-female cast runs a bit wild in mocking the ways of men and the wiles of women.
Redgrave was pure magic as Viola--tall and boyish without ever being hoydenish (one of the pitfalls of the role), and very moving.
This junior biography has a place in our cultural history in that it traces in simple terms the development of a hoydenish young girl into not only an Australian icon but a world-famous diva.
The growing perceptions of the actors as twenty-first-century actors often became an obstacle to the sort of hoydenish expectations that are typical for the Rosalind role (the tomboy imbued with an indefinable "feminine" attraction), and this made the male flirtation scenes hover between what probably would have been risque twenty years ago, and what is progressively normal today.
It seems a natural leap from Lu's hoydenish pose and the soldier boy's straggly laces to the series "A Study of Perspective," 1995-2003, in which Ai's middle finger splits the distance between the lens and seats of political and cultural authority from around the globe.
Even in historical novels for young adult readers, authors such as Maxine Trottier placate US sensibilities with over-modem, hoydenish heroines, cliches about women's lives in eighteenth-century Britain being uniformly 'stifling', and pro-Rebel rhetoric.