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sonny

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

First recorded in 1840–50; son + -y2

Other definitions for sonny (2 of 2)

Sonny
[ suhn-ee ]
/ ˈsʌn i /

noun
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for sonny

sonny
/ (ˈsʌnɪ) /

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

Word Origin for sonny

C19: from son + -y ²
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