• WordNet 3.6
    • adv bonnily in a bonny manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Bonnily Gayly; handsomely.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bonnily In a bonny manner; beautifully; finely; pleasantly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Bonnily beautifully: gaily
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bon, bonne—L. bonus.


In literature:

He would go out bonnily.
"Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter
These were my words, they were a friend's words; bonnily have I been paid for them!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The cottage sat bonnily on the brink of a glen, and almost from my very window began the steep and precipitous descent.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Ranshakle the house, bring me the parchment rights, and I'll have a fire 'bleezing bonnilie.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various

In poetry:

An' where the little trouties play,
An' shine sae bonnilie,
"Gang down the burn," cries Davie, blythe,
"And I will follow thee."
"Down the Burn, Davie. A Fragment" by Carolina Oliphant
An' aye, at hame or Sanquhar toon,
She hings her head sae bonnilie,
As I ha'e seen the flowers hing doon
In howms o' Kello wi' the bee.
"The Muirlan' Lassie" by Alexander Anderson
Twa brennand eyne, sua bricht and full,
(Bonnilie blinkis my ladeis ee,)
Flang fire flaughtis fra ane peelit skull;
(Sum sichts ar ugsomlyk to see.)
"Elfinland Wood" by Henry Morley
Magpies twelve upon the mast
Call aloud to wave and blast"
"Bonnily on Morvern shore
Shall we feast when all is o'er!"
Wind and wave are wild in Morvern.
"The Witch Of Mull" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Oh sister, sister, will ye go to the sea?
Hey Edinbruch, how Edinbruch.
Oh sister, sister, will ye go to the sea?
Stirling for aye:
Our father's ships sail bonnilie,
Bonny Sanct Johnstonne that stands upon Tay."
"The Twa Sisters" by Andrew Lang
The cowslip, and the speedwell. With a dewdrop in its e'e, —
An' the wild rose, an' the bluebell. They blend so bonnilie;
An' the honey-suckle, wand'rin wild, with violets blue, I wove,
They made me for to think upon the girl that I do love.
"The Garland" by Edwin Waugh