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[roo-mee, roo m-ee] /ˈru mi, ˈrʊm i/
adjective, roomier, roomiest.
affording ample room; spacious; large.
Origin of roomy1
First recorded in 1615-25; room + -y1
Related forms
roomily, adverb
roominess, noun
capacious, generous, ample, extensive.


[roo-mee, roo m-ee] /ˈru mi, ˈrʊm i/
noun, plural roomies. Informal.


or roomy

[roo-mee, roo m-ee] /ˈru mi, ˈrʊm i/
noun, Informal.
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; by shortening and alteration Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The settler who had a roomy house often had also the meeting.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • For Peter this roomy kitchen had the disadvantage that he had to put it in order.

  • The roomy back-verandah, with the table always laid, stretched away in the dim light of a single hanging lamp.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • Stephen would have liked one of these, but the houses were not roomy enough.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • There were no other passengers, and a roomy cabin was placed at their disposal.

    Bonnie Prince Charlie G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for roomy


/ˈruːmɪ; ˈrʊmɪ/
adjective roomier, roomiest
having ample room; spacious
Derived Forms
roomily, adverb
roominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for roomy

"roomsome," 1620s, from room (n.) + -y (2). Related: Roominess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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