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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hoydenish used of girls; wild and boisterous
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In literature:

Ann Veronica decided that "hoydenish ragger" was the only phrase to express her.
"Ann Veronica" by H. G. Wells
What a capital name Veronica Trollope would be for a hoydenish young woman in a society novel!
"Ponkapog Papers" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Her principal charm was a laughing, hoydenish countenance and roguish eyes.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
Too hoydenish and forward, I am afraid; too fond of speaking the truth.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
Bold, forward and hoydenish enough, I suppose!
"The Hand But Not the Heart" by T. S. Arthur
She burst into a loud, hoydenish laugh as Loveday tried to stammer something about a friend of her own.
"Love and Life" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The obsolete hoydenishness inside her exploded.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
I knew a hoydenish little gypsy who bore the tearful name of Lagrimas.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
Yet I must resolutely deny that any sort of hoydenishness or indecorum is an especial characteristic of radicals, or even "provincials," as a class.
"Women and the Alphabet" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Or the more hoydenish ones delighted to work in the fields with their brothers, enjoying the outdoor life.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Wally protested once against her hoydenish manners.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
She had emerged from the awkwardness and heaviness of the hoydenish age.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
You are a bit hoydenish in your ways, and it grieves me.
"A Daughter of the Union" by Lucy Foster Madison
She thinks the other competitions hoydenish!
"The Jolliest Term on Record" by Angela Brazil
Las Cases, however, was always ready to criticise Miss Betsy, whose hoydenish ways he could never understand.
"Napoleon's Young Neighbor" by Helen Leah Reed
In fact the care-free, hoydenish girl seemed to have ripened into a strong-hearted, wholesome, healthful woman.
"The Golden Road" by Frank Waller Allen
The elder sister, standing apart, had neither eyes nor ears for this bit of hoydenish play.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid
Agnes Kenway was not wholly past the hoydenish stage, in spite of her grown-up airs.
"The Corner House Girls on Palm Island" by Grace Brooks Hill
We must have been a great trial to her, because we were a noisy, hoydenish lot.
"A House Party with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
They are terribly hoydenish at times.
"The Carter Girls' Week-End Camp" by Nell Speed