bonnily

bonny

[bon-ee]
adjective, bonnier, bonniest.
1.
Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
2.
British Dialect.
a.
(of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
b.
(of places) placid; tranquil.
c.
pleasing; agreeable; good.
adverb
3.
British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
noun
4.
Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.
Also, bonnie.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) bonie, perhaps < Old French bon good + -ie -y1, perhaps by analogy with jolie jolly

bonnily, adverb
bonniness, noun
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bonny (ˈbɒnɪ)
 
adj , -nier, -niest
1.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) 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.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) considerable; to be reckoned with: cost a bonny penny
 
adv
6.  informal agreeably or well: to speak bonny
 
[C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus]
 
'bonnily
 
adv

Bonny (ˈbɒnɪ)
 
n
Bight of Bonny Former name (until 1975): Bight of Biafra a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon

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bonny
1540s, of unknown origin, apparently from O.Fr. bon, bone "good."
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