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[son-see] /ˈsɒn si/
adjective, sonsier, sonsiest. Scot. and North England, Irish English.
strong and healthy; robust.
agreeable; good-natured.
Also, sauncy, sonsie.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, / Great chieftain o' the puddin' race!

  • Tis hame, and it's hame to see sic a sonsie Scots face—and it minds me of my blessed father.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • There was no counter or bar, and the liquor was brought "ben" by Oliver or his sonsie wife.

    The Pilots of Pomona

    Robert Leighton
  • With her—his "sonsie lassie," so he termed her—he flirted in the broadest, if not purest, Scotch.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for sonsie


adjective (Scot & Irish, English, dialect) -sier, -siest
plump; buxom; comely
cheerful; good-natured
Word Origin
C16: from Gaelic sonas good fortune
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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