\ 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 That’s not to say our A.C. (After Covid-19) reality will be all rosy. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Caused the Roaring Twenties? Not the End of a Pandemic (Probably)," 3 May 2021 Knowing his hair is healthy comes as a shock to me, though, as Theo has gone from white-blonde to rosy-pink over the past six months. Devon Abelman, Allure, "P1Harmony May Be New to K-Pop, But They're Beauty Experts," 20 Apr. 2021 Monday’s report wasn’t all rosy, illustrating how difficult the infant morality problem can be. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Infant deaths in Hamilton County hit a low in 2020, although sleep-related deaths rose," 19 Apr. 2021 But while the pandemic prompted Americans to sink billions into home improvement, the picture was less rosy for San Francisco stores that rely on a mix of customers — restaurants and schools, convention business and hotels. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. hardware stores show the ups and downs of business in a pandemic," 15 Apr. 2021 The most common flower color is a maroon shade, but there are rosy pink and even yellow forms available. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants for this week of April 5, 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 From classic grey to moody acid wash and rosy pink, shop 19 of the best sweat shorts for women below. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "19 Best Sweat Shorts to Help You Usher In Summer," 12 Apr. 2021 The picture is far less rosy now, and there’s little chance of a high-level U.S. political delegation venturing to Beijing next February. Washington Post, "Should the U.S. boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China?," 12 Apr. 2021 But for those who live along the curvy and narrow one-way up/one-way down paved road that leads to the summit, the views aren’t as rosy these days. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mount Helix residents say trash, drug use, noise worsening," 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rosy

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

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9 May 2021

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“Rosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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