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

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

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

Examples from the Web for sonsy

Historical Examples of sonsy

  • Ye see, cook seems to belang more to a sonsy lassie than a mon.

    Fitz the Filibuster

    George Manville Fenn

  • She wasna what people would ca' a pretty girl, for I hae seen her; but she had a sonsy face and intelligent een.

  • Davey saw no more of her than her sonsy face, surrounded with the fair wisps of curls.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • He was as proud of the sonsy house as Gourlay himself, if for a different reason, and he used to boast of it to his comrades.

  • She listened to the talk of the men with a faint smile about her weary lips, her eyes upon the sonsy range.

British Dictionary definitions for sonsy



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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