Entered use 1900–05, origin Unknown
- (Australia) Remarkable; wonderful.
1915, Young Men's Christian Associations. International Committee, For the millions of men now under arms, volume 2:
- To see their faces brighten and to hear their 'Thanks Cobber, that was bonzer!' was a joy
- 1916, C. J. Dennis, "In Spadger′s Lane", in The Moods of Ginger Mick, 2009, Sydney University Press, page 36:
- To all the earth she gives the soft glad-eye;
- She picks no fav′rits in this world o′ men;
- She peeps in nooks, where ′appy lovers sigh,
- To make their joy more bonzer still; an′ then,
- O′er Spadger′s Lane she waves a podgy ′and,
- An′ turns the scowlin′ slums to Fairyland.
- 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XIII, p. 220,
- You’ll make the bonzerest couple ever seen this side the Tropic.
1945, Doglas Stewart (editor), Coast to Coast: Australian Stories 1945, page 51:
- By cripes, you couldn′t have a more bonzer place for doing the thing in style with girls.
1991, Noel Virtue, Always the Islands of Memory, page 148:
- Inside sat one of the most bonzer sights she′d ever seen.
2006, Philippa Todd, Dangerous Dating, page 110:
- The sadness about his father left his face, and he smiled. He seemed pleased to have something positive to do. / 'That's bonzer, Annie. Thanks' he said. 'You're a good sort. And as for Ches, well, he's real bonzer too.'
2007, Eric Stone, The Living Room of the Dead, page 252:
- If playin' hero is so bonzer, what're you doin' in this job? Y'oughta be workin' for one o' those scandal rags, or with a crowd o' do-gooders, or for some investigation outfit or somethin'.
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