hoy·​den ˈhȯi-dᵊn How to pronounce hoyden (audio)
: a girl or woman of saucy, boisterous, or carefree behavior
hoydenish adjective

Examples of hoyden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rudeness is of course still frowned upon, and sometimes hoydens behaved in ways that are rude by today’s standards – a girl who pushed another out of her seat at school was a hoyden in 1865. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2018

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Word History


perhaps from obsolete Dutch heiden country lout, from Middle Dutch, heathen; akin to Old English hǣthen heathen

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoyden was in 1676

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“Hoyden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoyden. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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