Midland U.S. somewhat sick, weak, or lacking in vitality; not completely well.
Scot. unfortunate; ill-fated; unlucky.
British Dialect. fastidious; neat; tidy.
Origin of donsie
1710–20; < Scots Gaelic donas harm, ill + -ie
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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