from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of hoyden.
  • v. To romp rudely or indecently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rustic; rude; bold.
  • n. A rude, clownish youth.
  • n. A rude, bold girl; a romp.
  • intransitive v. To romp rudely or indecently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rude, bold man.
  • n. A rude, bold girl; a romp.
  • Rude; bold; inelegant; rustic.
  • To romp rudely.


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  • 'She rides to please her horse now, but she'll have him as quiet as yours before long,' rejoined her son, both a little angry and a little amused at her being called a hoiden who was to him like an angel grown young with aeonian life.

    Heather and Snow

  • Elfride saw her father then, and went away into the wind, being caught by a gust as she ascended the churchyard slope, in which gust she had the motions, without the motives, of a hoiden; the grace, without the self-consciousness, of a pirouetter.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • May was a promising girl, "almost a hoiden," the neighbors said.

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  • A light-hearted, sportive girl, with an incontinent overflow of spirits, is condemned as a hoiden.

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  • Again and again, to the brass blare of some hoiden tune, she set the words of the lyric that "she liked the feel of," and she danced on and on.

    Friendship Village

  • Once before, years ago, she had behaved with the same piteous docility; and that was when, a short-frocked hoiden, she had fallen from an apple tree and badly hurt herself, and Marigold had carried her into the house and Mrs. Marigold had put her to bed. ...

    The Red Planet

  • Miss Noltrieb was a bright, pretty girl, a few months the senior of my young mistress, full of hoiden spirits with a soupcon of something more charmingly piquant.

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  • Talking never mended matters; Jack was at the hoiden age, and had to grow into tidiness and womanhood by-and-by.

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  • She was a madcap and a hoiden -- a wild, hare-brained, fox-hunting Amazon -- all that was shocking and unwomanly, but, at the same time, all that was bright, beautiful, entrancing, irresistible.

    The Baronet's Bride

  • When Ellen Bayard was informed that her little deliverer was in the house, she rushed into the parlor like a hoiden school girl, grasped both his hands, kissed both his rosy cheeks, and behaved just as though she had never been to a boarding school in her life.

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