posy

  • 1 Posy — Po sy, n.; pl. {Posies}. [Contr. fr. poesy.] 1. A brief poetical sentiment; hence, any brief sentiment, motto, or legend; especially, one inscribed on a ring. The posy of a ring. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. [Probably so called from the use of flowers …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Posy — f English: pet form (originally a nursery version) of JOSEPHINE (SEE Josephine). It has also been associated with the vocabulary word posy bunch of flowers (originally a collection of verses, from poesy poetry), and is occasionally used as an… …

    First names dictionary

  • 3 posy — also posey, 1530s, line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring, from POESY (Cf. poesy), recorded in this sense from early 15c. Meaning flower, bouquet first recorded 1570s, from notion of the language of flowers …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 posy — ► NOUN (pl. posies) ▪ a small bunch of flowers. ORIGIN originally in the sense «motto or line of verse inscribed inside a ring»: contraction of POESY(Cf. ↑poesy) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 posy — [pō′zē] n. pl. posies [contr. < POESY] 1. Archaic a line of poetry or motto inscribed inside a ring, etc. 2. Old fashioned a flower, bouquet, or nosegay …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 posy — UK [ˈpəʊzɪ] / US [ˈpoʊzɪ] noun [countable] Word forms posy : singular posy plural posies mainly literary a number of small flowers that you hold together …

    English dictionary

  • 7 posy — noun a) A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay. Is this a prologue or the posy of a ring? b) a motto inscribed inside a ring …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 posy — [[t]po͟ʊzi[/t]] posies N COUNT: oft N of n A posy is a small bunch of flowers. In American English, it can also consist of a single flower …

    English dictionary

  • 9 posy — noun (C) especially literary a small bunch of flowers: a posy of African violets …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 posy — n. (pl. ies) 1 a small bunch of flowers. 2 archaic a short motto, line of verse, etc., inscribed within a ring. Phrases and idioms: posy ring a ring with this inscription. Etymology: alt. f. POESY …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 11 posy — noun (plural posies) Etymology: alteration of poesy Date: 1533 1. a brief sentiment, motto, or legend 2. a. bouquet, nosegay b. flower …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 posy — /poh zee/, n., pl. posies. 1. a flower, nosegay, or bouquet. 2. Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring. [1400 50; late ME; syncopated var. of POESY] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 13 posy — Synonyms and related words: TL, album, ana, analects, bale, bindle, bloom, blossom, blow, bolt, boughpot, bouquet, boutonniere, budget, bundle, buttonhole, chaplet, compliment, corsage, deck, fagot, fardel, fasces, fascine, festoon, flattering… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 posy — pepy Optional Structure generator (yacc based) Werkzeug des ISODE für die Umsetzung von ASN.1 Strukturen nach C Programmstrukturen ( > Marshall T. Rose: The Open Book ) …

    Acronyms

  • 15 posy — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. corsage, garland, nosegay, spray, boutonniere, bouquet; see also flower 1 , wreath . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Cut flowers that have been arranged in a usually small bunch: bouquet, nosegay. See THING …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 posy — po|sy [ˈpəuzi US ˈpou ] n plural posies [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: poesy] a small ↑bunch of flowers …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 posy — po|sy [ pouzi ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY a number of small flowers that you hold together …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 posy — see POEM …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 posy — pepy Optional Structure generator (yacc based) Werkzeug des ISODE für die Umsetzung von ASN.1 Strukturen nach C Programmstrukturen ( > Marshall T. Rose: The Open Book ) …

    Acronyms von A bis Z

  • 20 posy — n A flower or bouquet of flowers. Is the poor baby sick? Let s send him some posies. 1500s …

    Historical dictionary of American slang


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