or Bon·ny



or bon·nie

adjective, bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est.
  1. Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
  2. British Dialect.
    1. (of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
    2. (of places) placid; tranquil.
    3. pleasing; agreeable; good.
  1. British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
  1. Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.

Origin of bonny

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) bonie, perhaps < Old French bon good + -ie -y1, perhaps by analogy with jolie jolly
Related formsbon·ni·ly, adverbbon·ni·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bonnie

Contemporary Examples of bonnie

Historical Examples of bonnie

British Dictionary definitions for bonnie


adjective -nier or -niest
  1. Scot and Northern English dialect beautiful or handsomea bonny lass
  2. merry or livelya bonny family
  3. good or finea bonny house
  4. (esp of babies) plump
  5. Scot and Northern English dialect considerable; to be reckoned withcost a bonny penny
  1. informal agreeably or wellto speak bonny
Derived Formsbonnily, adverb

Word Origin for bonny

C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus


  1. Bight of Bonny a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and CameroonFormer name (until 1975): Bight of Biafra
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bonnie



1540s, of unknown origin, apparently from Old French bon, bone "good" (see bon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper