\ 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 Things should be rosy in your romantic life too, with possible surprises such as gifts or a future trip with your partner. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 20 June 2020 Those rosy numbers followed a surprisingly upbeat jobs report from earlier in the month. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Disease, recession, war games—why none of it seems to count as bad news for today’s investors," 18 June 2020 With her rosy cheeks, wide eyes, and frothy wardrobe, Fanning can look absolutely guileless one second and blood-hungry the next. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Great,” Reviewed: A Proudly Fictional, Pleasurably Vulgar Spin on Catherine the Great," 18 June 2020 Still, the post-virus outlook for petroleum consumption isn’t exactly rosy. Sheela Tobben, Bloomberg.com, "Texas Oil-Export Terminals Start Up Even as Shipments Tumble," 15 June 2020 Photos of demonstrations inside the zone, which includes a now-shuttered police precinct, seem to paint a rosy picture: outdoor movies, music performances, sidewalk artwork and more. Fox News, "Dispatch from 'CHAZ': Tweets call for guns, Gatorade and cigarettes as cops struggle to figure out who's in charge," 13 June 2020 Many of the rosy economic figures routinely touted by both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations in recent years don't reflect the harsher economic reality facing millions of black Americans. CBS News, "Steve Ballmer urges CEOs to help close racial economic gaps," 12 June 2020 Moody’s forecast of -4% growth (and S&P’s of -5%) seem positively rosy compared with that of -12.5% (without further stimulus) from Pronab Sen, a former chief statistician. The Economist, "Moody moment India avoids junk status," 11 June 2020 And finally, history suggests neither police abolitionists' rosy visions of a cop-free future nor their detractors' insistence that The Purge is coming are likely to prove true. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "A short history of abolishing the police," 10 June 2020

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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/rosy. Accessed 3 Jul. 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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