adjective (bonnier, bonniest)chiefly Scottish & Northern English
- 1Attractive or beautiful: a bonny lassMore example sentences
beautiful, attractive, handsome, pretty, gorgeous, good-looking, nice-looking, well favoured, fetching, prepossessing, ravishing, stunning; lovely, nice, sweet, cute, appealing, endearing, adorable, lovable, charming, dear, darling, delightful, winsome, winning; blooming, bouncing, healthy, fineAustralian/New Zealand • informal beaut• literary beauteous
- From here we can also see cars blitzing their way north as the A9 snakes through some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery close to bonny Loch Alvie.
- We were driving around Speyside the other day looking for bonny purple heather and found that the hillsides were blanketed with the dull cerise of willow-herb.
- ‘You've come a long way,’ said Naomi, the casting director's assistant who was bonny and bright.
- 1.1(Of a baby) plump and healthy-looking.More example sentences
- We have events for all generations from bonny baby, kids fancy dress, children's tug-o-war to our most appropriately dressed lady and gentleman.
- There will be a dog show at 1pm, bonny baby at 2.30 pm, fancy dress at 3pm followed by Best Dressed Lady at 3.30 pm.
- She now holds her bonny baby as if he is the only light in her life.
- 1.2Sizeable (usually expressing approval): it’s worth a thousand pounds, a bonny sumMore example sentences
- Keith believes his Grandpa got less than £5000 for the farm (still, a bonny sum in the early 50s).
noun(my bonny) • literary Back to top
- Used as a form of address for one’s beloved or baby.More example sentences
- My bonnie lies over the ocean.
- My bonnie lies over the sea.
- So bring back me bonnie to moi.
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- Round, plump or normal-sized women have become the secretly desired, the quiet lust of men pushed towards boniness rather than bonniness.
- Equally effective is Brigge's anxious scrutiny of newborn Samuel, who flutters between listless near-death and bubble-blowing bonniness.
- The spoken performances, though, lack the bonniness of Branagh's earlier Shakespeare romance, ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’.
late 15th century: perhaps related to Old French bon 'good'.