Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lucky; happy; good-humored; well-conditioned; buxom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Scot. See soncy.

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  • adjective UK, Scotland, dialect lucky; fortunate; thriving; plump

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  • adjective (of a woman's body) having a large bosom and pleasing curves

Etymologies

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Scots.

Examples

  • Elspeth would have called her sonsy, signifying bonny and buxom.

    Flashman on the March

  • Given a decent education, a fair fortune, a good-looking and vigorous husband to whom she had taken a fancy, and no special temptation, and she might have been a blameless, merry, "sonsy" _commere_, and have died in an odor of very reasonable sanctity.

    The Celibates

  • A 1920s guidebook described Shandy Hall as "sonsy"– a Scottish word meaning good-natured, and that's true.

    Life in a medieval home

  • It ain't easy for a sonsy matron with blonde curls to look like the wrath of God, but she was managing uncommon well.

    Watershed

  • ‘Ye may swear that,’ replied the provost — ‘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.

    Redgauntlet

  • “Is she a pretty girl?” said the Duke; “her sister does not get beyond a good comely sonsy lass.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • It ain't easy for a sonsy matron with blonde curls to look like the wrath of God, but she was managing uncommon well.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • But Jock cam' to questions, and being a fallow/Stout, buirdly and sonsy, he soon pleased her taste,/And awa' went the twasome, haup-jaup in their daffin',/Thro' wynds and blind alleys no time for to waste.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847

  • Groaning under the '_sonsy haggis_,' [85] and many other savoury dainties, unseen for twelve months before, the relish communicated to the company, by the appearance of the festive board, is more easily conceived than described.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • John studied her face for a moment It was a sonsy and simple face, and her eyes were not unkindly.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

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  • "Mrs. Lale was a sonsy, comfortable-looking creature, and it seemed as though a smile would better fit her countenance than its angular look of disapprobation."

    Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, p 123

    November 13, 2015

  • There was a bold fellow from Swansea

    Who went by the moniker Chauncy.

    He liked beer and cheese

    And a smotherinq squeeze

    With ladies good-natured and sonsy.

    March 3, 2018