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Bonnie

or Bonny

[bon-ee] /ˈbɒn i/
noun
1.
a female given name: from the Latin word meaning “good.”.

bonny

or bonnie

[bon-ee] /ˈbɒn i/
adjective, bonnier, bonniest.
1.
Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
2.
British Dialect.
  1. (of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
  2. (of places) placid; tranquil.
  3. pleasing; agreeable; good.
adverb
3.
British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
noun
4.
Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.
Origin of bonny
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (Scots) bonie, perhaps < Old French bon good + -ie -y1, perhaps by analogy with jolie jolly
Related forms
bonnily, adverb
bonniness, noun
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  • Did he say good-by or good morning in that last letter, Bonnie Bell?

    The Man Next Door Emerson Hough
  • Still the mill owner sat before the fire, Bonnie on his knee.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • Bonnie was well trained, as were all the staff members who worked in the test pits.

    The Colonists Raymond F. Jones
  • Man, but your face is pale and your Bonnie eyes are that sunken.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But it was the simple and sweet old songs of Bonnie Scotland that won applause.

    Rockhaven Charles Munn
British Dictionary definitions for Bonnie

bonny

/ˈbɒnɪ/
adjective -nier, -niest
1.
(Scot & Northern English, 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.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) considerable; to be reckoned with: cost a bonny penny
adverb
6.
(informal) agreeably or well: to speak bonny
Derived Forms
bonnily, adverb
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus

Bonny

/ˈbɒnɪ/
noun
1.
Bight of Bonny, a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon Former name (until 1975) Bight of Biafra
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Word Origin and History for Bonnie

bonny

adj.

1540s, of unknown origin, apparently from Old French bon, bone "good" (see bon).

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