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bonny (2 doubtful sense; 3 still dialectal)
1. pleasant to look upon, comely 2H6 V. ii. 12 “the bonny beast he lov'd so well,” Ham. IV. v. 186 “bonny sweet Robin” [line of an old ballad]
2. big, stout AYL. II. iii. 8 “ priser” (mod. edd. “bony”).
3. gladsome Ado II. iii. 71 “be you blithe and bonny.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.5
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 5.2
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