\ 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

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At closer look, Campbell’s earnings for the three months ended April 28 were less than rosy. Harold Brubaker,, "Shares spike, but Campbell Soup’s earnings offer little to cheer about," 5 June 2019 Vegas tends to have a little bit rosier outlook for the Cardinals in 2019. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals will only win 2 games in 2019, prediction for NFL season says," 5 June 2019 As with anything political—especially these days—that rosy picture comes with a few asterisks. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Michigan's Auto Insurance Premiums, Highest in the Nation, Targeted by Bipartisan Deal," 24 May 2019 Storm kept the look fairly fresh-faced, emphasizing the blush tones of her gown with a nude lip and rosy cheeks. Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Attends Prom With Sayeed Shahidi," 14 Apr. 2019 Their aesthetic is unabashedly romantic, with dusty, rosy tones and seemingly effortless arrangements. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Putnam & Putnam, One of Fashion's Favorite Florists, Just Opened a Retail Store," 28 Feb. 2019 Blue-eyed, rosy-cheeked and almost plump, these were Victorian fashion dolls, a special gift for privileged daughters of the Gilded Age. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal’ Review: An Era’s Expectations in Miniature," 17 Nov. 2018 After seeing the potential for a rosy, light cheek on Chen's Instagram, I felt compelled to give blush a second chance. Glamour, "This Charlotte Tilbury Blush and Highlighter Duo Gives the Most Natural Glow," 5 Apr. 2019 The perception was that AMD’s own outlook was relatively rosy, and straightforward. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD upends GPU tradition by launching 'Navi' as a lower-end part," 30 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of rosy

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

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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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