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bonny

or bonnie

[bon-ee] /ˈbɒn i/
adjective, bonnier, bonniest.
1.
Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
2.
British Dialect.
  1. (of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
  2. (of places) placid; tranquil.
  3. pleasing; agreeable; good.
adverb
3.
British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
noun
4.
Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.
Origin of bonny
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (Scots) bonie, perhaps < Old French bon good + -ie -y1, perhaps by analogy with jolie jolly
Related forms
bonnily, adverb
bonniness, noun

Bonnie

or Bonny

[bon-ee] /ˈbɒn i/
noun
1.
a female given name: from the Latin word meaning “good.”.
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  • I wouldna give my bonny Scottish Rose, for all your western lilies, Norman.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • But youve a bonny English soul within you, and for that you are fighting.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Of course, yes—Maxwelton's braes are bonny—um—um—um—um—um—yes, oh yes.

  • But child, child, you do be gettin' too sober notions into your bonny head.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • Noticing what bonny children they all were, the woman began to cry.

    Old-Time Stories Charles Perrault
  • Simply because no one ever did that sort of thing in bonny Eagle in those days.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • bonny he mistrusted as being one who could speak no German, and only bore with him for the sake of his friend.

  • Why, you bonny old Greek empress, you are as jolly a gipsy queen as ever!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "Ey, he wears a bonny white feather in his cap, for sure," said old Reuben Rae.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for bonny

bonny

/ˈbɒnɪ/
adjective -nier, -niest
1.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) beautiful or handsome: a bonny lass
2.
merry or lively: a bonny family
3.
good or fine: a bonny house
4.
(esp of babies) plump
5.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) considerable; to be reckoned with: cost a bonny penny
adverb
6.
(informal) agreeably or well: to speak bonny
Derived Forms
bonnily, adverb
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus

Bonny

/ˈbɒnɪ/
noun
1.
Bight of Bonny, a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon Former name (until 1975) Bight of Biafra
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Word Origin and History for bonny
adj.

1540s, of unknown origin, apparently from Old French bon, bone "good" (see bon).

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