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rosy

[roh-zee] /ˈroʊ zi/
adjective, rosier, rosiest.
1.
pink or pinkish-red; roseate.
2.
(of persons, the cheeks, lips, etc.) having a fresh, healthy redness.
3.
bright or promising:
a rosy future.
4.
cheerful or optimistic:
rosy anticipations.
5.
made or consisting of roses:
a rosy bower.
Origin of rosy
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see rose1, -y1
Related forms
rosiness, noun
Synonyms
2. flushed, blooming, healthy.
Antonyms
2. pale. 3. unpromising. 4. cheerless.
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Examples from the Web for rosiness
Historical Examples
  • Those cheeks of yours have, I hope, not lost their roundness or their rosiness.

  • The creamy texture of her skin had flushed to rosiness in the cold fountain.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • At eight o'clock many of these faces will be changed; there will be joy, smiles, rosiness, singing and dancing.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • And this rosiness, so like redundant vigor, was it not the flush of her hot task?

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Mr. Mitchett showed a rosiness that might positively have been reflected.

    The Awkward Age Henry James
  • The rosiness was all departed from his cheeks; he quivered with suppressed wrath.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Old Hecate was a gone Ghazeeyah—a rose-leaf utterly shriveled away from rosiness.

  • Her face looked anxious and distressed through all its rosiness.

    Four Winds Farm Mrs. Molesworth
  • The future had lost its rosiness; his wound did not readily heal; Basel was half a hundred leagues off our road to Burgundy.

  • She awakened suddenly and looked up at him, the rosiness of sleep upon her cheeks and the dewiness of it upon her eyelids.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for rosiness

rosy

/ˈrəʊzɪ/
adjective rosier, rosiest
1.
of the colour rose or pink
2.
having a healthy pink complexion: rosy cheeks
3.
optimistic, esp excessively so: a rosy view of social improvements
4.
full of health, happiness, or joy: rosy slumbers
5.
resembling, consisting of, or abounding in roses
Derived Forms
rosily, adverb
rosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rosiness

rosy

adj.

late 14c., of a color, from rose (n.1) + -y (2), probably modeled on Old French rose. From 1590s of healthy complexions; 1775 in the sense "cheerful;" meaning "promising" is from 1887. Cf. Middle Dutch rosich, Dutch rozig, German rosig.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rosiness

rosy

adjective

  1. Slightly drunk; tiddly (1905+)
  2. Promising; favorable; copacetic: Things look rosy now (1887+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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