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bonny

or bon·nie

[ bon-ee ]
/ ˈbɒn i /
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adjective, bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est.

Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
British Dialect.
  1. (of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
  2. (of places) placid; tranquil.
  3. pleasing; agreeable; good.

adverb

British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.

noun

Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.

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Origin of bonny

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots ) bonie, perhaps <Old French bon good + -ie-y1, perhaps by analogy with joliejolly

OTHER WORDS FROM bonny

bon·ni·ly, adverbbon·ni·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bonny (1 of 2)

bonny
/ (ˈbɒnɪ) /

adjective -nier or -niest

Scot and Northern English dialect beautiful or handsomea bonny lass
merry or livelya bonny family
good or finea bonny house
(esp of babies) plump
Scot and Northern English dialect considerable; to be reckoned withcost a bonny penny

adverb

informal agreeably or wellto speak bonny

Derived forms of bonny

bonnily, adverb

Word Origin for bonny

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

British Dictionary definitions for bonny (2 of 2)

Bonny
/ (ˈbɒnɪ) /

noun

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
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