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[son-see] /ˈsɒn si/
adjective, sonsier, sonsiest. Scot. and North England, Irish English.
strong and healthy; robust.
agreeable; good-natured.
Also, sauncy, sonsie.
Origin of sonsy
1525-35; sonse prosperity, good fortune (Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic sonas, MIr sonus, derivative of sona prosperous, happy, Old Irish son) + -y1; cf. donsie Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Sandy remarked, "Ye wadna think, noo, sic a sonsie doggie wad be leevin' i' the murky auld kirkyaird."

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Tis hame, and it's hame to see sic a sonsie Scots face—and it minds me of my blessed father.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But Tammy's hauded 'im for Maister Brown, an' he says it's sonsie to gie the bonny wee a washin'.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • There was no counter or bar, and the liquor was brought "ben" by Oliver or his sonsie wife.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • When I heard him safely round the 'sherp' turn on the staircase I looked at the sonsie, kindly face of my old nurse.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • With her—his "sonsie lassie," so he termed her—he flirted in the broadest, if not purest, Scotch.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • Syne she saw the sonsie puppy loupin' at Auld Jock's heels, bonny as a poodle, but mair knowin'.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • I've been deaved aboot 'im a' the day, but I haena seen the sonsie rascal nor the braw collar the Laird Provost gied 'im.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, / Great chieftain o' the puddin' race!

British Dictionary definitions for sonsie


adjective (Scot & Irish, English, dialect) -sier, -siest
plump; buxom; comely
cheerful; good-natured
Word Origin
C16: from Gaelic sonas good fortune
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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