bon·​ny ˈbä-nē How to pronounce bonny (audio)
variants or less commonly bonnie
bonnier; bonniest
chiefly British
bonnily adverb

Examples of bonny in a Sentence

one of several inns in the Lake District offering bonny accommodations and bountiful breakfasts a bonny child dressed in traditional Scottish clothing
Recent Examples on the Web One of the most conspicuous heralds is a bonny buttercup named the winter aconite. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2019

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Word History


Middle English (Scots) bonie, perhaps ultimately from Anglo-French bon good, from Latin bonus — more at bounty

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bonny was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bonny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


bon·​ny ˈbän-ē How to pronounce bonny (audio)
bonnier; bonniest
chiefly British

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