bonnie

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Middle English boni, probably from Old French bon, feminine bonne (good), from Latin bonus (good). See bounty, and compare bonus, boon.

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bonnie (comparative more bonnie, superlative most bonnie)

  1. Gay; merry; frolicsome; cheerful; blithe.
    • Shakespeare
      Be you blithe and bonny.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Report speaks you a bonny monk, that would hear the matichime ere he quitted his bowl.
  2. (Geordie) Beautiful; pretty; attractive.

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bonnie (comparative mair bonnie, superlative maist bonnie)

  1. handsome; beautiful; pretty; attractively lively and graceful
    • Gay
      Till bonny Susan sped across the plain.
    • Robert Burns
      Far from the bonnie banks of Ayr.

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