bonny

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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bonny

town and Atlantic oil port situated in Rivers state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River (an eastern distributary of the Niger River) 6 miles (10 km) upstream from the Bight of Biafra. A traditional trading centre (fish, salt, palm oil, and palm kernels) of the Ijo people, it was the capital of the 15th- to 19th-century kingdom of Bonny. Reaching its height in the reign of the Pepple dynasty in the 18th and early 19th centuries, its economy (and the kingdom's) was based on the sale of slaves to European traders. It was one of the largest slave-exporting depots of West Africa-in 1790 about 20,000 people (most of them Igbo and other hinterland groups) were shipped to the Americas. The Pepple kings were unhappy with the British decision in the 1830s to enforce the end of the slave trade; but British arms and political intrigue proved decisive, and by the 1850s Bonny had become a major exporter of palm oil and palm kernels. It remained an important port (shipping ivory, timber, and beeswax, as well as palm produce) until 1916, when it was eclipsed by Port Harcourt, the new railroad terminus 35 miles (56 km) upstream.

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