hoydenism

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Etymology[edit]

hoyden +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

hoydenism (countable and uncountable, plural hoydenisms)

  1. The behaviour of a hoyden.
    • 1899, Mary A. Ward, Life and works of the sisters Brontë, Introduction to Jane Eyre
      And there can be no doubt that there was in Miss Bronte a curious vein of recklessness, roughness, one might also say - hoydenism - that exists side by side with an exquisite delicacy and a true dignity, and is none the less Irish and Celtic for that.
    • 2007 October 14, Liesl Schillinger, “It Adds Up to Love (Check Your Math)”, in New York Times[1]:
      After a decade of hoydenism, she developed a strategy called “The Four Man Plan,” or “4MP.”

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