Middle English boni, probably from Old French bon, feminine bonne (“good”), from Latin bonus (“good”). See bounty, and compare bonus, boon.
bonnie (comparative more bonnie, superlative most bonnie)
- Gay; merry; frolicsome; cheerful; blithe.
- Be you blithe and bonny.
- Sir Walter Scott
- Report speaks you a bonny monk, that would hear the matin chime ere he quitted his bowl.
- (Geordie) Beautiful; pretty; attractive.
Gay; merry; frolicsome; cheerful; blithe
Beautiful; pretty; attractive
bonnie (comparative mair bonnie, superlative maist bonnie)
- handsome; beautiful; pretty; attractively lively and graceful
- Till bonny Susan sped across the plain.
- Robert Burns
- Far from the bonnie banks of Ayr.