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bonny (ˈbɒnɪ Pronunciation for bonny



-nier, -niest
  1. (Scottish & Northern England, dialect) beautiful or handsome   ⇒ a bonny lass
  2. merry or lively   ⇒ a bonny family
  3. good or fine   ⇒ a bonny house
  4. (esp of babies) plump
  5. (Scottish & Northern England, dialect) considerable; to be reckoned with   ⇒ cost a bonny penny


  1. (informal) agreeably or well   ⇒ to speak bonny

Derived Forms

ˈbonnily adverb

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus

Bonny (ˈbɒnɪ Pronunciation for Bonny



  1. See Bight of Bonny

Example Sentences Including 'bonny'

FORMER Liberal Member for Dickson Tony Smith was notable in his time as an MHR for the bonny electorate newsletters that he produced.
Misc (1999)
Hopefully we can start playing on time tomorrow but it looks like it might be a bonny difficult week for us all.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
Love child number two was Felicity, three years my junior, round and bonny , nicknamed Nutkin to this day.
Fox, Angela Slightly Foxed
Mebbe he can find time to do a bit of police work if some bugger doesn't want him to judge a bonny baby competition.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
She was a bonny , bespectacled woman, Welsh, benign and a non-stop talker.
Hilton, John Buxton The Innocents at Home (A Superintendent Kenworthy novel)
Then they heard it: in the distance, a soaring song floating above the clamour: `Oh bonny Anne, I'm your man.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
Tony: I come from London, ganging my way up north, To Edinburgh, on the bonny Firth of Forth.
Independent (1999)
Unfortunately, it isn't a bonny financial year that corporate India is likely to give birth to.
Business Today (1999)


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