ropy

adjective \ ˈrō-pē \
variants: or less commonly ropey

Definition of ropy

ropier; ropiest
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 a : resembling rope
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

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First Known Use of ropy

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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ROPY Defined for English Language Learners

ropy

Definition of ropy for English Language Learners

  • : similar to rope : like rope in appearance

  • : in bad condition : of bad quality

  • : ill or unwell


Medical Dictionary

ropy

adjective
variants: also ropey play \ˈrō-pē\

medical Definition of ropy

ropier; ropiest
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

ropiness

noun


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