sonny
noun Date: 1838 a young boy — usually used in address

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sonny — ► NOUN informal 1) a familiar form of address to a young boy. 2) (also Sonny Jim) a humorous or patronizing way of addressing a man …   English terms dictionary

  • sonny — “small boy,” 1850, from SON (Cf. son) + Y (Cf. y) (3). As a familiar form of address, from 1870 …   Etymology dictionary

  • sonny — [sun′ē] n. pl. sonnies little son: used as a familiar term of address to any young boy …   English World dictionary

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  • sonny —    In use since the late nineteenth century as a term of address for a boy, either the son of the speaker or one unrelated to him. Such usage normally indicates a friendly attitude on the part of the speaker.    The term can become condescending …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • sonny — [[t]sʌ̱ni[/t]] N VOC Some people address a boy or young man as sonny. [INFORMAL] Well, sonny, I ll give you a bit of advice …   English dictionary

  • sonny — /sun ee/, n. 1. little son (often used as a familiar term of address to a boy). 2. (used as a term of direct address to express contempt, derision, etc.): No, sonny, you can t park there! [1840 50; SON + Y2] * * * …   Universalium

  • sonny — Synonyms and related words: boy, bub, bubba, buck, bud, buddy, child, colt, cub, daughter, descendant, fellow, fledgling, foster child, grandchild, granddaughter, grandson, heiress, hobbledehoy, lad, laddie, manchild, master, muchacho, offspring …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sonny — son|ny [ˈsʌni] n old fashioned spoken [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: son] used when speaking to a boy or young man who is much younger than you ▪ Now you listen to me, sonny …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sonny — noun informal a familiar form of address to a young boy. ↘(also Sonny Jim) a humorous or patronizing way of addressing a man …   English new terms dictionary

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