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Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
British Dialect.

(of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
(of places) placid; tranquil.
pleasing; agreeable; good.

British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.
a female given name: from the Latin word meaning “good.”.
Contemporary Examples

Nigeria’s Hunt for Dick Cheney Pratap Chatterjee December 3, 2010

Historical Examples

Janet’s Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
The Rough Road William John Locke
A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties Charles Major
Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
Old-Time Stories Charles Perrault
Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
Rick Dale, A Story of the Northwest Coast Kirk Munroe
Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine

adjective -nier, -niest
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) beautiful or handsome: a bonny lass
merry or lively: a bonny family
good or fine: a bonny house
(esp of babies) plump
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) considerable; to be reckoned with: cost a bonny penny
(informal) agreeably or well: to speak bonny
Bight of Bonny, a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon Former name (until 1975) Bight of Biafra


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