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To ask what bonny means when describing a baby?

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Oysterbabe Tue 03-May-16 09:26:57

I'd never heard it before having kids. Everyone keeps telling me DD is bonny. I'm not 100% on what it means. Does it mean fat?
She does have lovely chubby cheeks and thighs that you just can't help but squidge.

LisaRinnasLips Tue 03-May-16 09:27:46

Fat basically grin my dad calls my dd bonny

echt Tue 03-May-16 09:28:08

If you're in Lancashire it means a bit fat.

Elsewhere it probably means pretty.

Princesspinkgirl Tue 03-May-16 09:28:44

Hi it means beautiful

LifeIsChaos Tue 03-May-16 09:28:50

Bonny in the north east means pretty/nice looking.

PinotAndPlaydough Tue 03-May-16 09:28:52

I always thought it meant pretty

IwillrunIwillfly Tue 03-May-16 09:28:56

In Scotland it means pretty/beautiful smile

paxillin Tue 03-May-16 09:29:02

Cute and fat.

JockTamsonsBairns Tue 03-May-16 09:29:35

In Scotland it means pretty

verite Tue 03-May-16 09:29:44

Just means pretty/cute etc. Nothing negative. At least that's how it's used in the north east.

QueenCuntyFlippers Tue 03-May-16 09:30:11

In the NE here, it means pretty.
Bonny bairns smile

madcapcat Tue 03-May-16 09:30:13

Here in Scotland it means pretty in a chubby way

ShatnersBassoon Tue 03-May-16 09:30:17

No, not fat! It means beautiful. Bonny baby competitions aren't about which one is the fattest.

TheRollingCrone Tue 03-May-16 09:30:19

Beautiful "by the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomand"

Hagothehills Tue 03-May-16 09:30:42

I always thought it meant something akin to beautiful, like, not just cute but lovely and sweet natured too

LittleLionMansMummy Tue 03-May-16 09:30:44

I prefer well covered to 'fat' but i also took it to mean healthy looking, rosy cheeked and lively. I think bonny is a lovely word - exactly what a baby should be!

pigsDOfly Tue 03-May-16 09:30:52

I always thought it meant a healthy looking, nicely chubby baby.

OohhItsNotHoxton Tue 03-May-16 09:30:54

Happy and cute here.

Alexa444 Tue 03-May-16 09:30:56

Bonny means beautiful, small. I think literally it means pretty and petite. But language changes. My uncke is scottish and every small girl is a bonny wee lass to him.

HeckyWithTheGoodBear Tue 03-May-16 09:31:04

It means fat?? shockshock it's my baby's name! Have I subjected her to a life of merciless teasing?

ArmySal Tue 03-May-16 09:31:44

I'm Lancashire and it means pretty/a good looker.
Never heard it used as chubby, youngsters can also be classed as bonny, probably up to teens I've heard it mentioned about...

''He's a bonny lad...' etc

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Tue 03-May-16 09:32:15

sturdy, well fed, content, happy, face only a mother could love

BUT also in Scotland I think it is a bit of a cover all....a nice simple unisex compliment, no insult to either sex, so when Miss Jean Brodie is cooing over your PFB she needs not worry about causing offence when she declares Tarquin so very pretty, or states to the entire bus queue that Jocasta is very handsome.

mouldycheesefan Tue 03-May-16 09:32:25

Regional variations. In north east means pretty. Elsewhere means fat or chubby.

Nottalotta Tue 03-May-16 09:33:13

Not fat. People always refer to ds as bonny. He's cute and happy with lovely rosy cheeks and a big smile. He's not fat though.

momb Tue 03-May-16 09:33:39

It means beautiful but comes from a time when a plump baby was the best thing, so they become transposed a little.
'The child that it born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe and good and gay.'

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