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Etymology 1Edit

From sunglasses + -ie (diminutive suffix), retaining the plural form.


sunnies pl (plural only)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, Britain, informal) Sunglasses.
    • 2005, Dave Franklin, Manic Streets of Perth, 2011, unnumbered page,
      She took off her sunnies and polished them, a little vigorously.
    • 2008, Janet Fife-Yeomans, Heath: A Family′s Tale, page 97,
      With Heath wearing a black beanie and his trademark sunnies, the couple arrived in Perth at 12.20 p.m. after flying in from the US via Sydney.
    • 2009, Susan Lyons, Sex Drive, Kensington Press, US, page 160,
      “Sunscreen for you.” Her skin was a light golden brown. “And sunnies and a hat.” He slipped on his own sunglasses.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, page 525,
      Bring the Prada sunnies, the papers and an appetite if you′re heading here for breakfast.

Etymology 2Edit



  1. (US, colloquial) plural of sunny (sunfish or sunperch)
    As a kid, he used to catch sunnies with a cane pole and garden worms in the stream behind the house.