ropy

adjective
\ˈrō-pē \
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

b : muscular, sinewy

3 slang : poor, lousy

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Other Words from ropy

ropiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ropy

Synonyms

syrupy, thick, viscid, viscous

Antonyms

runny, soupy, thin, watery

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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

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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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ropy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ropy

: similar to rope : like rope in appearance

: in bad condition : of bad quality

: ill or unwell

ropy

adjective
variants: also ropey \ˈrō-pē \
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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