Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the characteristic pink or red color of a rose.
  • adj. Flushed with a healthy glow: rosy cheeks.
  • adj. Consisting of, decorated with, or suggestive of a rose or roses.
  • adj. Bright or cheerful; optimistic: rosy predictions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. rose-coloured
  • adj. Resembling rose, as in scent of perfume
  • adj. optimistic
  • n. tea

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a rose in color, form, or qualities; blooming; red; blushing; also, adorned with roses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a rose in color or qualities; red; blushing; blooming.
  • Consisting of roses; made of roses.
  • Made in the form of a rose.
  • Synonyms See ruddy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. presaging good fortune
  • adj. having the pinkish flush of health
  • adj. reflecting optimism
  • adj. of blush color

Etymologies

From rose +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
From Cockney rhyming slang, "Rosie Lee". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The dog-musher wore a moustache, but the other, a taller and younger man, was smooth-shaven, his skin rosy from the pounding of his blood and the running in the frosty air.

    The Clinging Death

  • The dog-musher wore a mustache, but the other, a taller and younger man, was smooth-shaven, his skin rosy from the pounding of his blood and the running in the frosty air.

    The Clinging Death

  • He said yesterday, though, that he understands that some of his Republican colleagues are frustrated with the White House because of what he calls their rosy scenarios about Iraq.

    CNN Transcript Jan 26, 2007

  • Carolina Stacey, a general manager at Lucky Wishbone, which is kitty-corner to the Red Roof Inn, questioned what she called a rosy picture being painted by RuralCAP.

    Anchorage Daily News - Alaska News

  • But the first clue things aren't all rosy is that Senator Kinsey is now President.

    September 2009

  • I am a qualified Environmental Technologist who saw the world in rosy pink shades.

    Kakdi Dhirda

  • Clearly, the White House said it wasn't going to present these so-called rosy scenarios.

    CNN Transcript Mar 20, 2009

  • BASH: On Iraq, some GOP lawmakers are calling the rosy picture the White House paints unrealistic, even harmful.

    CNN Transcript Jun 17, 2005

  • Even as it was, it could hardly be described as rosy, though the planter seemed quite unaware that death in a gruesome form was drawing closer and closer.

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  • Then she too shook off her uncomfortable thoughts, and calling the rosy

    The Making of a Soul

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