Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BONIE-WORDS, Prayers. Ork. 1929  Marw.:
Used now only (so far as I know) of prayers said on going to bed, and then spec. by a child. “Are thoo said thee b[onie-words] yet?”

[O.N. bnar-orð, prayer. The Sc. form is prob. due to contamination from bonnie (s.v. Bonny).]

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