Etymology
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sonny (n.)

"small boy," 1833, from son + -y (3). As a familiar form of address to one younger or inferior, from 1852. The song "Sonny Boy" (Jolson) was popular 1928.

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Definitions of sonny

sonny (n.)
a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy);
Synonyms: cub / lad / laddie / sonny boy
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