Adjective "bonny" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Attractive or beautiful.
  1. 'These powerful images are a far cry from Scottish artist John Finnie's 1864 idealised Maids of All Work, looking blithe and bonny in crisp cottons.'
  2. 'We were driving around Speyside the other day looking for bonny purple heather and found that the hillsides were blanketed with the dull cerise of willow-herb.'
  3. 'One of the younger men on the boat laughed at me, and called me bonny lass for having done such a thing.'
  4. 'Isobelle is my grand niece and a bonny little thing she is.'
  5. 'The mask of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) is anything but bonnie.'
  6. 'It was truly kind of the hairdresser to come to my house with his bonny male assistant.'
  7. 'It was not an auspicious start for bonny prince Charlie.'
  8. '‘You've come a long way,’ said Naomi, the casting director's assistant who was bonny and bright.'
  9. 'She now holds her bonny baby as if he is the only light in her life.'
  10. 'There will be a dog show at 1pm, bonny baby at 2.30 pm, fancy dress at 3pm followed by Best Dressed Lady at 3.30 pm.'
  11. 'it's worth a thousand pounds, a bonny sum'


Used as a form of address for one's beloved or baby.
  1. 'My bonnie lies over the sea.'


1. Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.

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

3. British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well. noun

4. Scot. andNorth England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.

More examples(as adjective)

"lights can be bonny."

"crudes can be bonny."

"oils can be bonny."

"media can be bonny."

"terminals can be bonny."

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Late 15th century: perhaps related to Old French bon ‘good’.