One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Abounding in or characterized by primroses; of or belonging to a primrose; resembling a primrose, especially in colour.
2Figurative. Easy or pleasurable.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Mary Russell Mitford (1787–1855), playwright and writer. From primrose + -y, probably originally after rosy. In sense 2 after Primrose League.
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