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sonny

[suhn-ee] /ˈsʌn i/
noun
1.
little son (often used as a familiar term of address to a boy).
2.
(used as a term of direct address to express contempt, derision, etc.):
No, sonny, you can't park there!
Origin of sonny
1840-1850
1840-50; son + -y2

Sonny

[suhn-ee] /ˈsʌn i/
noun
1.
a male given name.

Rollins

[rol-inz] /ˈrɒl ɪnz/
noun
1.
Theodore Walter ("Sonny") born 1930, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer.
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  • I got im where e grew, sonny, but they aint no more like im, so you neednt go lookin for one.

    A Tale of the Tow-Path Homer Greene
  • Shucks, sonny, no need to get this excited over a little spilt milk.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • It's a fact, sonny, that I'm held in high esteem as an officer.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "Why, I've already told you more'n a dozen times, sonny," Hetty replied.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • "Not this morning, sonny," answered the other, still with that altogether aggressive taunt in his tone.

    Told In The Hills Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for sonny

sonny

/ˈsʌnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
a familiar or patronizing term of address to a boy or man
Word Origin
C19: from son + -y²

Rollins

/ˈrɒlɪnz/
noun
1.
Sonny, original name Theodore Walter Rollins. born 1930, US jazz tenor saxophonist, noted for his improvisation
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Word Origin and History for sonny
n.

"small boy," 1850, from son + -y (3). As a familiar form of address to one younger or inferior, from 1870. The song "Sonny Boy" (Jolson) was popular 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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