\ ˈrō-pē How to pronounce ropy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ropey
ropier; ropiest

Definition of ropy

1a : 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
2a : resembling rope
3 slang : poor, lousy

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Other Words from ropy

ropiness noun

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Examples of ropy in a Sentence

The passengers looked a bit ropy after the bumpy flight. because the paint was so old, it was ropy and couldn't be smoothly applied to the wood
Recent Examples on the Web Calamari aren’t the usual thin threads of squid, but thick, ropy rectangles, piping hot and partnered with an Asian-inflected, peanut-tamarind-miso dipping sauce. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Now in its third home, Metro Bis in Simsbury offers five-star harmony of setting, service and food," 18 Sep. 2019 Honda’s updates to the Fit’s suspension and steering for 2018 only slightly button down its ropy behavior. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2018 Honda Fit," 19 Jan. 2018 Pastas are a forceful presence on the tight menu, including ropy rye-flour bucatini coiling among fat fresh clams and chunks of pancetta. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "With Marisol inside the MCA, Jason Hammel paints a new canvas," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of ropy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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19 Nov 2019

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“Ropy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ropey. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ropy

: similar to rope : like rope in appearance
: in bad condition : of bad quality
: ill or unwell
variants: also ropey \ ˈrō-​pē How to pronounce ropey (audio) \
ropier; ropiest

Medical Definition of ropy

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

Other Words from ropy

ropiness noun

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