• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Donsie don′si (Scot.) unlucky, perverse: neat, trim: sickly.
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In literature:

But what is to become of the poor donsie woman, no one can expound.
"The Ayrshire Legatees" by John Galt
Better rough an' sonsy than bare an' donsy.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop

In poetry:

An' couthie an' kin' was oor meetin' I troo,
But the wrunkles were thick an' mair deep on his broo,
An' his heart it grew grit, an' his lip it would quiver,
An' he lookit as donsie an' dowie as ever.
"Neebour Johnnie's Complaint" by Janet Hamilton