Adjective "hoyden" definition and examples

(Hoyden may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈhɔɪd(ə)n/

Definitions and examples

noun

A boisterous girl.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'I would not be married well if I were a blue-stocking hoyden.'
  3. 'I would rather be a hoyden then a simpering idiot.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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’.'
  6. 'But is the hoyden mode a constant, or does it sometimes go underground?'

More definitions

1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy. adjective

2. boisterous; rude.

More examples(as adjective)

"devils can be hoyden."

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a rude or ignorant man): probably from Middle Dutch heiden (see heathen).