from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Restive; unmanageable.
- Affectedly neat and trim: implying the idea of self-importance.
- Sickly; ailing: as, he's sair kep'n doon wi' a donsie wife and donsie bairns.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Ye wad na ben sae donsie, O. Ive seen the day ye butterd my brose,
Their donsie tricks, their black mistakes, [restive]
Ye wad na been sae donsie, O; [would not have, testy]
I was roused from my sleep by the sharp motion of the vessel; but did not get very wide awake, for I felt donsie and there was a dull ringing in my head along with a great dull pain.
The Lowland Scotch has _donsie_, "unfortunate, stupid."
But what is to become of the poor donsie woman, no one can expound.
Ye wadna been sae donsie, O! I've seen the day ye butter'd my brose,
Donâ€ ™ t forget about the dialect: dauncy / donsie, faunch, and jockey box