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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
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  • She listened to the talk of the men with a faint smile about her weary lips, her eyes upon the sonsy range.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • Ye see, cook seems to belang more to a sonsy lassie than a mon.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • John studied her face for a moment It was a sonsy and simple face, and her eyes were not unkindly.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • She wasna what people would ca' a pretty girl, for I hae seen her; but she had a sonsy face and intelligent een.

  • Old Mr. Loutit and lame Jimmy Flett each secures a sonsy partner.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Davey saw no more of her than her sonsy face, surrounded with the fair wisps of curls.

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Judging from her round, sonsy, rosy face, you never could have imagined her to have been mad.

  • He was as proud of the sonsy house as Gourlay himself, if for a different reason, and he used to boast of it to his comrades.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • There was just one other inmate of this sequestered apartment—a large, sonsy, gaucy cat.

British Dictionary definitions for sonsy


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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