donsie

adjective
don·​sie | \ ˈdän(t)-sē How to pronounce donsie (audio) \
variants: or donsy

Definition of donsie

1 dialectal British : unlucky
2 Scotland
a : restive
b : saucy
3 chiefly northern Midland : slightly ill

First Known Use of donsie

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for donsie

Scottish Gaelic donas evil, harm + English -ie

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“Donsie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/donsie. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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