noun, plural po·sies.

a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.

Origin of posy

1400–50; late Middle English; syncopated variant of poesy
Can be confusedpoesy posey posy
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Examples from the Web for posies

Contemporary Examples of posies

Historical Examples of posies

  • She liked Cynthy to come in with the posies and say something bright.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • An' you left all them things up there, an' the trees, an' the posies, an' everything like that way.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • And to think that as a boy he was wont to bring me posies, and wear my colors!

  • But I shouldn't wonder but what them posies heartened the chap up a bit.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit

  • Miss Sallie was busy with her posies down yonder near the gate.

British Dictionary definitions for posies


noun plural -sies

a small bunch of flowers or a single flower; nosegay
archaic a brief motto or inscription, esp one on a trinket or a ring

Word Origin for posy

C16: variant of poesy
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Word Origin and History for posies



also posey, 1530s, "line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring," from poesy "poetry; a passage of poetry," which is recorded in this sense from early 15c. Meaning "flower, bouquet" first recorded 1570s, from notion of the language of flowers.

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