\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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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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In the master bedroom, I’m obsessed with the idea of rosy, dusty, mauvy shades right now, which are certainly a nod to the 80s. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Is What a Dream Apartment by Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing Looks Like," 15 Oct. 2018 Things look even rosier compared to Android — per Google’s last update on September 28th, Android Oreo (released on August 21st, 2017) is running on just 19.2 percent of Android devices, after 403 days of availability. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "iOS 12 is now installed on 50 percent of iOS devices," 11 Oct. 2018 Things aren't so rosy with the likes of SimCity 2000 and Wolfenstein 3D—arguably some of the best examples of early 1990s computer games. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 The rift is the latest example of Hungary's not-entirely-rosy history with gay rights. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘Billy Elliot’ shows canceled in Hungary amid cries that musical is ‘gay propaganda’," 23 June 2018 But her own family life seems, if not totally rosy, at least pretty normal. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Hereditary is the terrifying arthouse horror film of the year," 1 June 2018 But overall, park district budget documents through 2012 painted a rosy picture of the harbors, noting that slips were in high demand and revenues were on the rise. Morgan Greene,, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 Cardi was a vision in pink, as well, wearing a sleeveless, floor-length, pale blush dress, which worked perfectly with the rosy makeup look created by La' Pearl with all Marc Jacobs Beauty products. Marci Robin, Allure, "These Are the Exact Makeup Products Cardi B Wore to Her Baby Shower," 30 June 2018 Still, the wider outlook is rosy for Brazilian equities., "Brazilian Hedge Fund Targets Shares of State-Run Firms," 8 Mar. 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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