bon·​ny | \ ˈbä-nē How to pronounce bonny (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bonnie
bonnier; bonniest

Definition of bonny

chiefly British

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Other Words from bonny

bonnily \ ˈbä-​nə-​lē How to pronounce bonnily (audio) \ 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, "As summer’s heat wanes, it’s time to plan (and plant) for late-winter beauty," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bonny

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonny

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

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“Bonny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonny

chiefly Scotland : very pretty or attractive


variants: also bonnie \ ˈbä-​nē \
bonnier; bonniest

Kids Definition of bonny

chiefly British

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