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adjective, ros·i·er, ros·i·est.
  1. pink or pinkish-red; roseate.
  2. (of persons, the cheeks, lips, etc.) having a fresh, healthy redness.
  3. bright or promising: a rosy future.
  4. cheerful or optimistic: rosy anticipations.
  5. made or consisting of roses: a rosy bower.
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Origin of rosy

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at rose1, -y1
Related formsros·i·ness, noun

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2. flushed, blooming, healthy.

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  1. a female given name, form of Rose.
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Related Words for rosy

glowing, rose-colored, sunny, encouraging, auspicious, bright, promising, pleasing, favorable, optimistic, blooming, blushing, colored, fresh, red, roseate, rubicund, ruddy, aflush, coral

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British Dictionary definitions for rosy


adjective rosier or rosiest
  1. of the colour rose or pink
  2. having a healthy pink complexionrosy cheeks
  3. optimistic, esp excessively soa rosy view of social improvements
  4. full of health, happiness, or joyrosy slumbers
  5. resembling, consisting of, or abounding in roses
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Derived Formsrosily, adverbrosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rosy


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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