\ 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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But instead of tackling that problem head on, the FCC is increasingly looking the other way, relying on ISP data that paints an inaccurately rosy picture of Americans’ internet access. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How bad maps are ruining American broadband," 24 Sep. 2018 The correspondence, following up on their Singapore summit in June, came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization despite a rosy picture of progress painted by Trump. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "Pompeo: 'ways to go' before NKorea meets denuke vow," 3 Aug. 2018 In one camp: those who paint a rosy picture of an economy that will continue to demand higher levels of education for an increasing share of the workforce. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere," 6 July 2018 A week before its Wall Street debut, Spotify is painting a fairly rosy financial picture for the remainder of 2018, complete with double-digit increases in revenue and paid subscribers to go along with smaller losses. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Spotify Projects Shrinking Losses, Nearly 100 Million Subscribers By Year's End," 26 Mar. 2018 For now, investors haven’t been pricing in the rosy profit expectations for small-cap stocks, analysts said. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Small-Cap Stocks Take On New Shine as Markets Slump," 8 Jan. 2019 However, the rosier outlook for some oil exporters is not consistent across the region. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "IMF: Mideast oil producers buoyed by higher prices, for now," 13 Nov. 2018 Her rosy cheeks, meanwhile, come from either MAC’s Cream Blush in Rich Coral or MAC’s Powder Blush in Dusty Rose. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 28 Oct. 2018 Before booking an appointment with your hairstylist to take on a rosier outlook (or before making a quick trip to the store to pick up a box of dye), peek at these styles for the ultimate pink hair inspiration. Devon Abelman, Allure, "28 Pretty Pink Hair-Color Ideas to Inspire Your Next Dye Job," 10 Oct. 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 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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