hoyden

noun hoy·den \ ˈhȯi-dᵊn \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of hoyden

: a girl or woman of saucy, boisterous, or carefree behavior

hoydenish

play \ˈhȯi-dᵊn-ish\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of hoyden

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


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