noun Etymology: perhaps from obsolete Dutch heiden country lout, from Middle Dutch, heathen; akin to Old English hǣthen heathen Date: 1676 a girl or woman of saucy, boisterous, or carefree behavior • hoydenish adjective

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  • Hoyden — Hoy den, n. Same as {Hoiden}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hoyden — 1590s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Du. heiden rustic, uncivilized man, from M.Du. heiden heathen (see HEATHEN (Cf. heathen)). Originally in English rude, boorish fellow; sense of ill bred, boisterous female first recorded 1670s …   Etymology dictionary

  • hoyden — ► NOUN dated ▪ a boisterous girl. DERIVATIVES hoydenish adjective. ORIGIN probably from Dutch heiden, denoting a rude man; related to HEATHEN(Cf. ↑heathenism) …   English terms dictionary

  • hoyden — [hoid′ n] n. [Early ModE, a rude fellow < ? Du heiden, akin to OE hæthen, HEATHEN] a bold, boisterous girl; tomboy adj. bold and boisterous; tomboyish hoydenish adj …   English World dictionary

  • hoyden — 1. noun /ˈhɔɪdən/ A rude, uncultured or rowdy girl or woman. her ladyship burst suddenly into the schoolroom to introduce Mr. Perriam, who, as she announced from the doorway to Maisie, wouldnt believe his ears that one had a great hoyden of a… …   Wiktionary

  • hoyden — Hoiden Hoi den, n. [OE. hoydon a lout, rustic, OD. heyden a heathen, gypsy, vagabond, D. heiden, fr. OD. heyde heath, D. heide. See {Heathen}, {Heath}.] [Written also {hoyden}.] 1. A rude, clownish youth. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A rude,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hoyden — n 1. tomboy, romp, rowdy, termagant, Inf. roughneck, U.S. tough; whippersnapper, wench, hussy. adj 2. tomboyish, boyish, rough and tumble, rompish; boisterous, rambunctious, rowdy, unruly, wild; mischievous, troublesome, ill behaved, hoyden ish;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • hoyden — /ˈhɔɪdn/ (say hoydn) noun a rude or ill bred girl; tomboy: *being a romp, a hoyden, a boisterous tomboy, a whirlwind –miles franklin, 1901. {origin uncertain} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hoyden — hoydenish, adj. hoydenism, n. /hoyd n/, n. 1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy. adj. 2. boisterous; rude. Also, hoiden. [1585 95; perh. < MD heyden boor, HEATHEN] * * * …   Universalium

  • hoyden — Synonyms and related words: amazon, androgyne, babe, baby, broad, butch, chick, colleen, cutie, dame, damoiselle, damsel, demoiselle, doll, dyke, filly, frail, gal, gamine, girl, girlie, heifer, jeune fille, jill, junior miss, lass, lassie,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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