\ ˈrō-zē \
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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The district also does not properly report campus crimes and incidents of bullying to the state, giving a rosier picture of student behavior and school safety. Megan O'matz,, "Mother of slain Stoneman Douglas student to get school district security post," 22 June 2018 In a bid to offset the flurry of books critical of his presidency, Donald Trump has started something of a conservative book club, endorsing new releases that offer a rosier picture of his campaign and young presidency. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The Myth of Trump’s Populist Revolt," 18 May 2018 Read more: By delaying any defaults, the school can present a rosier picture that portrays its degrees as a valuable tool for getting a good paying job that would help the student pay off student loans quickly. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Behind on college loans? Consider these options," 2 May 2018 Glasenberg painted a rosy view for commodities and the global economy, suggesting that relatively high prices for raw materials such as copper, coal and zinc are here to stay. Thomas Wilson,, "Glencore M&A Firepower Undimmed After $2.9 Billion Dividend," 21 Feb. 2018 Financial statements paint a mostly rosy picture for Charlotte Douglas. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 Berri, the sports economist, sees other reasons for rosy forecasts and deficit spending in college sports. Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY, "Is overspending catching up to these Power 5 schools?," 28 June 2018 Lawmakers did tweak it with changes to the rosy economic projections Ducey relied on to make funding more sustainable. Washington Post, "Arizona teachers rally as funding vote nears to end strike," 3 May 2018 Teachers and some lawmakers say the proposal relies on rosy revenue projections. Fox News, "Widespread teacher protests in Arizona, Colorado prompt massive school closings," 26 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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