[roo-mee, room-ee]

adjective, room·i·er, room·i·est.

affording ample room; spacious; large.

Origin of roomy

First recorded in 1615–25; room + -y1
Related formsroom·i·ly, adverbroom·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for roomy


[roo-mee, roo m-ee]

noun, plural room·ies. Informal.


or room·y

[roo-mee, roo m-ee]

noun Informal.

Origin of roomie

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; by shortening and alteration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roomy

Contemporary Examples of roomy

Historical Examples of roomy

  • And yet there ought to be so much to do here; it's all so fresh and roomy and jolly.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He stood on the hearthrug in big, roomy boots, and uttered no word of greeting.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • It was a large, roomy house, and possessed a separate entrance.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • His feet were the loaded gyves that made of the world but a roomy prison.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • It was roomy, cool, and comfortable, with a picturesqueness all its own.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

British Dictionary definitions for roomy


adjective roomier or roomiest

having ample room; spacious
Derived Formsroomily, adverbroominess, noun
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Word Origin and History for roomy

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

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