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sonsy

[son-see]
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adjective, son·si·er, son·si·est. Scot. and North England, Irish English.
  1. strong and healthy; robust.
  2. agreeable; good-natured.
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Also sauncy, son·sie.

Origin of sonsy

1525–35; sonse prosperity, good fortune (Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic sonas, MIr sonus, derivative of sona prosperous, happy, Old Irish son) + -y1; cf. donsie
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Examples from the Web for sonsie

Historical Examples

  • Syne she saw the sonsie puppy loupin' at Auld Jock's heels, bonny as a poodle, but mair knowin'.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • Sandy remarked, "Ye wadna think, noo, sic a sonsie doggie wad be leevin' i' the murky auld kirkyaird."

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • But Tammy's hauded 'im for Maister Brown, an' he says it's sonsie to gie the bonny wee a washin'.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • I've been deaved aboot 'im a' the day, but I haena seen the sonsie rascal nor the braw collar the Laird Provost gied 'im.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • When I heard him safely round the 'sherp' turn on the staircase I looked at the sonsie, kindly face of my old nurse.

    Betty Grier

    Joseph Waugh


British Dictionary definitions for sonsie

sonsy

sonsie

adjective -sier or -siest Scot, Irish and English dialect
  1. plump; buxom; comely
  2. cheerful; good-natured
  3. lucky
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Word Origin

C16: from Gaelic sonas good fortune
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