One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boisterous girl.
- ‘I can wait for a docile, biddable, beautiful chit who will worship the ground I walk upon, unlike that spitfire of a hoyden.’
- ‘I would rather be a hoyden then a simpering idiot.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But is the hoyden mode a constant, or does it sometimes go underground?’
- ‘Both she and her parents think of her as a wild hoyden.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Kate had changed before his eyes, from the pigtailed hoyden of his youth to a captivating, irresistible woman.’
- ‘I would not be married well if I were a blue-stocking hoyden.’
- ‘Much to my disappointment, the girl is turning into a hoyden.’
Late 16th century (denoting a rude or ignorant man): probably from Middle Dutch heiden (see heathen).
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