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donsie

or don·sy

[ don-see, dawn- ]
/ ˈdɒn si, ˈdɔn- /
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adjective
Midland U.S. somewhat sick, weak, or lacking in vitality; not completely well.
Scot. unfortunate; ill-fated; unlucky.
British Dialect. fastidious; neat; tidy.
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Origin of donsie

1710–20; <Scots Gaelic donas harm, ill + -ie
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How to use donsie in a sentence

  • She was the daughter of a donsie mother, that could gie no name to her gets, of which she had two laddies, besides Jean.

    The Provost|John Galt
  • But what is to become of the poor donsie woman, no one can expound.

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