Meaning of sonny in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌni/

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  • 1informal Used by an older person as a familiar form of address for a young boy.

    • ‘You run along, sonny, and keep those thoughts to yourself.’
    • ‘Anyway, just as we were leaving the Moor, their attention was diverted just long enough for a lovely couple to come up to me and say, ‘Here, sonny, would you like this goldfish?’’
    • ‘The Stern company has been making pinball machines in Illinois since before you were around, sonny, and they still do today.’
    • ‘You're in America now, sonny, so get your apple-bobbing face on.’
    • ‘Lay a finger on grandma's pocket book, sonny, and you can kiss your political career goodbye.’
    1. 1.1Used as a humorous or patronizing way of addressing a man.
      • ‘look, sonny Jim, that's all I can tell you’
      • ‘And all he said was, with teasing smile - but he was dead serious, ‘It's sir to you, sonny.’’
      • ‘‘That means nothing here, sonny,’ hospital staff overheard a desk nurse say to the Australian Federal Police officer who had demanded they be allowed to pass.’
      • ‘If we asked about it (pressure control) they told us ‘you don't have to worry about that sonny.’’
      • ‘And I knew from the tone of his voice, what he meant was, ‘if you're thinking of nicking a copy of Fiesta you better think again sonny.’’
      • ‘Gonzo smiled to himself, ‘I'm usually the one who calls people sonny.’’