Word of the DayThursday, January 12, 2012
\BON-ee\ , adjective, adverb, noun;
British Dialect. A. (Of people) Healthy, sweet, and lively. B. (Of places) Placid; tranquil. C. Pleasing; agreeable; good.
British Dialect. Pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
Scot. and North England Archaic. A pretty girl or young woman.
Mayhap 'tis time to speak of more than how fine the weather is or how bonny she looks.
-- Hannah Howell, Highland Honor
As he was about to fix the last nail in the last of the shoes, the man in green said, "Would you be knowing what ails the bonny young lady?"
-- Ethel Johnston Phelps and Pamela Baldwin-Ford, Tatterhood and Other Tales
Bonny is of uncertain origin. It may be related to the Old French word bon meaning "good." It entered the Scots dialect in the mid-1400s.
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