\ ˈrō-zē How to pronounce rosy (audio) \
rosier; rosiest

Definition of rosy

1a : of the color rose
b : having a pinkish usually healthy-looking complexion : blooming
c : marked by blushes
2 : characterized by or tending to promote optimism a rosy outlook

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Other Words from rosy

rosiness noun

Examples of rosy in a Sentence

rosy and cheerful after a day outside in the snow that's a particularly rosy view of the economic situation, and one that may not be justified
Recent Examples on the Web While F-Series sales held steady in fourth quarter, the situation wasn't so rosy for the popular Explorer and Police Interceptor SUVs. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford F-Series fends off Ram truck as Explorer and Police Interceptor sales drop," 6 Jan. 2020 But the numbers aren’t entirely rosy for Democrats. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Impeachment: Pelosi has Democrats in line, Republican says Jesus got fairer trial," 18 Dec. 2019 And that’s not the only arena where the partnership isn’t as rosy as Trump would make out. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s most consistent foreign policy: Defending Saudi Arabia," 18 Dec. 2019 However, things haven't been so rosy for him at club level. SI.com, "Where Are They Now? Looking Back at England's Under-17 World Cup Winners From 2017," 30 Oct. 2019 But not everyone’s vision of the future was so rosy. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What CEOs, Bankers, and Tech Execs Think About a Coming Recession," 29 July 2019 But what sometimes gets lost in the push for early detection and fundraising is that the prognosis is not equally rosy for all patients. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Myths About Metastatic Breast Cancer," 11 Sep. 2018 The feds’ estimate $1,950 annual fuel costs ($2.70 a gallon times 15,000 miles) seems entirely too rosy. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Kia Telluride: A Peaceful Ride Even With a Car Full of Kids," 17 Jan. 2020 Available in perfectly rosy and shimmery shades, this blush has become our new go-to. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Underscored's top 50 of 2019: The best in home, tech and style," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rosy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Rosy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rosiest. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rosy

: having a pink color
: having or producing hope for success or happiness in the future
\ ˈrō-zē How to pronounce rosy (audio) \
rosier; rosiest

Kids Definition of rosy

1 : having a pink color Gabriel's rosy cheeks stayed pink, even when he slept.— Lois Lowry, The Giver
2 : promising, hopeful He's a good student with a rosy future.

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