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Scots, from Scottish Gaelic sonasach.



sonsy (comparative more sonsy, superlative most sonsy)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect) lucky; fortunate; thriving; plump
    Antonym: unsonsy
    • 1824, Scott, Sir Walter, chapter 10, in Redgauntlet:
      [] as black a Jacobite as the auld leaven can make him; but a sonsy, merry companion, that none of us think it worth while to break wi' for all his brags and his clavers.
    • 1866 January 1, Barker, Mary Anne, “Letter VI”, in Station Life in New Zealand[1], London: Macmillan & co, published 1870, page 44:
      The housemaid at the boarding-house where we have stayed since we left Heathstock is a fat, sonsy, good-natured girl, perfectly ignorant and stupid, but she has not been long in the colony, and seems willing to learn.



Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “sonsy” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)