Definition of bonxie in English:


nounPlural bonxies

  • The great skua (seabird).

    • ‘Although the numerous seabirds that surround it in spring are great too watch, be aware of the great skuas, or ‘bonxies’.’
    • ‘We followed a faint path south, passing a small loch below Sidhean Beag where bonxies were creating turmoil amongst the oystercatcher nests.’
    • ‘The great skuas, known locally as bonxies, which live by stealing fish from smaller birds, are displaying disturbing behavioural changes.’
    • ‘Lots of fulmars and gulls, even a bonxie (not sure how you spell that) although it did not hang around for long.’


Late 18th century: from Norwegian bunksi, from bunke ‘dumpy body’.