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

Synonyms for rosy

2. flushed, blooming, healthy.

Antonyms for rosy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rosiness

Historical Examples of rosiness

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rosiness


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper