- Irish (of a person) dull or slow; listless
of unknown origin
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Examples from the Web for dawney
Dawney had answered: "If you had your way there would be no Society."
Dawney's present, a kitten, made a scene by clawing at her hair.
Dawney propped him against the cushions, and loosened his shirt.
A shadow fell on the grass, she raised her eyes, and saw Dawney.
He dropped her hand, and saying, "Good-night," ran after Dawney.