One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boisterous girl.‘‘I've warned you before, you young hoyden.’’
- ‘Father, wrote to me and asked that I come and teach you how to present yourself as a cultured young lady and not the hoyden that you are.’
- ‘I would rather be a hoyden then a simpering idiot.’
- ‘I would not be married well if I were a blue-stocking hoyden.’
- ‘Much to my disappointment, the girl is turning into a hoyden.’
- ‘I can wait for a docile, biddable, beautiful chit who will worship the ground I walk upon, unlike that spitfire of a hoyden.’
- ‘She was presented, as usual, as ‘an eccentric playwright and poetess’, ‘a boisterous hoyden in her youth, and a woman of violent temper in her maturer years’.’
- ‘Come, where is the little hoyden with the hot temper and a pitchfork in her hand who dares stare down men twice her size when she is angry, eh?’
- ‘Both she and her parents think of her as a wild hoyden.’
- ‘Kate had changed before his eyes, from the pigtailed hoyden of his youth to a captivating, irresistible woman.’
- ‘But is the hoyden mode a constant, or does it sometimes go underground?’
- ‘A part of her noticed, right before she screeched at him like the hoyden Granmama often said she was, that it was the farthest seat in the room from where she was sitting.’
Late 16th century (denoting a rude or ignorant man): probably from Middle Dutch heiden (see heathen).
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