adjective, son·si·er, son·si·est. Scot. and North England, Irish English.

strong and healthy; robust.
agreeable; good-natured.

Nearby words

  1. sons and lovers,
  2. sons of freedom,
  3. sons of liberty,
  4. sonship,
  5. sonsonate,
  6. sontag,
  7. sontag, susan,
  8. sonya,
  9. soo,
  10. soo canals

Also sauncy, son·sie.

Origin of sonsy

1525–35; sonse prosperity, good fortune (Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic sonas, MIr sonus, derivative of sona prosperous, happy, Old Irish son) + -y1; cf. donsie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective -sier or -siest Scot, Irish and English dialect

plump; buxom; comely
cheerful; good-natured

Word Origin for sonsy

C16: from Gaelic sonas good fortune

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