donsie

or don·sy

[don-see, dawn-]
adjective
  1. Midland U.S. somewhat sick, weak, or lacking in vitality; not completely well.
  2. Scot. unfortunate; ill-fated; unlucky.
  3. British Dialect. fastidious; neat; tidy.

Origin of donsie

1710–20; < Scots Gaelic donas harm, ill + -ie
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Historical Examples of donsie

  • 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