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posy

[poh-zee] /ˈpoʊ zi/
noun, plural posies.
1.
a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
2.
Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.
Origin of posy
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; syncopated variant of poesy
Can be confused
poesy, posey, posy.
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  • "Ye needna lick the posies aff," the wifie said, good humoredly, as she picked the plate up to wash it.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • She liked Cynthy to come in with the posies and say something bright.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Her posies tool Mad romp that she is, she had pulled her fill as we reclined together.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • An' you left all them things up there, an' the trees, an' the posies, an' everything like that way.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • posies were in the bowpots, and a delicate scent of violets in the air.

    The Ladies E. Barrington
  • And to think that as a boy he was wont to bring me posies, and wear my colors!

  • I'd rather look at this timber, and smell the scents that come out of it, and see these posies that seem to be growing everywhere.

    Jack the Young Canoeman George Bird Grinnell
  • But I shouldn't wonder but what them posies heartened the chap up a bit.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • She appeared to be soundly sleeping in the midst of a huge nosegay of posies and green leaves.

    Our Little Swedish Cousin Claire M. Coburn
British Dictionary definitions for posies

posy

/ˈpəʊzɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
a small bunch of flowers or a single flower; nosegay
2.
(archaic) a brief motto or inscription, esp one on a trinket or a ring
Word Origin
C16: variant of poesy
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Word Origin and History for posies

posy

n.

also posey, 1530s, "line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring," from poesy "poetry; a passage of poetry," which is recorded in this sense from early 15c. Meaning "flower, bouquet" first recorded 1570s, from notion of the language of flowers.

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