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[roh-zee] /ˈroʊ zi/
adjective, rosier, rosiest.
pink or pinkish-red; roseate.
(of persons, the cheeks, lips, etc.) having a fresh, healthy redness.
bright or promising:
a rosy future.
cheerful or optimistic:
rosy anticipations.
made or consisting of roses:
a rosy bower.
Origin of rosy
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at rose1, -y1
Related forms
rosiness, noun
2. flushed, blooming, healthy.
2. pale. 3. unpromising. 4. cheerless. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for rosiness
Historical Examples
  • The creamy texture of her skin had flushed to rosiness in the cold fountain.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • And this rosiness, so like redundant vigor, was it not the flush of her hot task?

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • The rosiness was all departed from his cheeks; he quivered with suppressed wrath.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Mr. Mitchett showed a rosiness that might positively have been reflected.

    The Awkward Age Henry James
  • Her face looked anxious and distressed through all its rosiness.

    Four Winds Farm Mrs. Molesworth
  • She sat there, a little weak with excitement, while a rosiness came to her cheeks and a light in her eyes.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • She awakened suddenly and looked up at him, the rosiness of sleep upon her cheeks and the dewiness of it upon her eyelids.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
  • At eight o'clock many of these faces will be changed; there will be joy, smiles, rosiness, singing and dancing.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • The future had lost its rosiness; his wound did not readily heal; Basel was half a hundred leagues off our road to Burgundy.

  • She really envied the bright young creature in the grace and rosiness of perfect health.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for rosiness


adjective rosier, rosiest
of the colour rose or pink
having a healthy pink complexion: rosy cheeks
optimistic, esp excessively so: a rosy view of social improvements
full of health, happiness, or joy: rosy slumbers
resembling, consisting of, or abounding in roses
Derived Forms
rosily, adverb
rosiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rosiness



late 14c., of a color, from rose (n.1) + -y (2), probably modeled on Old French rose. From 1590s of healthy complexions; 1775 in the sense "cheerful;" meaning "promising" is from 1887. Cf. Middle Dutch rosich, Dutch rozig, German rosig.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rosiness



  1. Slightly drunk; tiddly (1905+)
  2. Promising; favorable; copacetic: Things look rosy now (1887+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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