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adjective \ˈrō-pē\

Simple Definition of ropy

  • : similar to rope : like rope in appearance

  • : in bad condition : of bad quality

  • : ill or unwell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ropy

ropier

ropiest

  1. 1 a :  capable of being drawn into a thread :  viscous; also :  tending to adhere in stringy masses b :  having a gelatinous or slimy quality from bacterial or fungal contamination <ropy milk> <ropy flour>

  2. 2 a :  resembling rope b :  muscular, sinewy

  3. 3 slang :  poor, lousy

ropiness

noun

Examples of ropy in a sentence

  1. The passengers looked a bit ropy after the bumpy flight.

  2. <because the paint was so old, it was ropy and couldn't be smoothly applied to the wood>



15th Century

First Known Use of ropy

15th century

Variants of ropy

also

ropey


Medical Dictionary

ropy

adjective

Medical Definition of ropy

ropier

;

est

  1. 1:  capable of being drawn into a thread :  viscous; also :  tending to adhere in stringy masses

  2. 2:  having a gelatinous or slimy quality from bacterial or fungal contamination <ropy milk>

ropiness

noun


Variants of ropy

also

ropey

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