[ roh-zee ]
/ ˈroʊ zi /

adjective, ros·i·er, ros·i·est.

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 formsros·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rosiness


/ (ˈrəʊzɪ) /

adjective rosier or rosiest

of the colour rose or pink
having a healthy pink complexionrosy cheeks
optimistic, esp excessively soa rosy view of social improvements
full of health, happiness, or joyrosy slumbers
resembling, consisting of, or abounding in roses
Derived Formsrosily, adverbrosiness, noun
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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.

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