sonny

[suhn-ee]
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noun
  1. little son (often used as a familiar term of address to a boy).
  2. (used as a term of direct address to express contempt, derision, etc.): No, sonny, you can't park there!

Origin of sonny

First recorded in 1840–50; son + -y2

Sonny

[suhn-ee]
noun
  1. a male given name.

Rollins

[rol-inz]
noun
  1. Theodore WalterSonny, born 1930, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer.
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sonny

noun plural -nies
  1. a familiar or patronizing term of address to a boy or man

Word Origin for sonny

C19: from son + -y ²

Rollins

noun
  1. Sonny, original name Theodore Walter Rollins . born 1930, US jazz tenor saxophonist, noted for his improvisation
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Word Origin and History for sonny
n.

"small boy," 1850, from son + -y (3). As a familiar form of address to one younger or inferior, from 1870. The song "Sonny Boy" (Jolson) was popular 1928.

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