Vocabulary: hoyden – uncouth and uncultured

Title: Caddie Woodlawn
Author: Carol R Brink
Sentence: But that a daughter of mine should so far forget herself in her hospitality to a guest—that she should be such a hoyden as to neglect her proper duties as a lady!
Page: 240

Word: hoyden
  • a girl or woman of saucy, boisterous, or carefree behavior
  • source: perhaps from obsolete Dutch heiden country lout, from Middle Dutch, heathen; akin to Old English hǣthen heathen
   Source: Merriam-Webster Online

The root from ‘heathen’ seems interesting. I can see unladylike behavior considered barbarian, uncultured, and savage (at least in the past).

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