adjective, ropier, ropiest.
resembling a rope or ropes: ropy muscles.
forming viscid or glutinous threads, as a liquid.

1470–80; rope + -y1

ropily, adverb
ropiness, noun Unabridged
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ropey or ropy (ˈrəʊpɪ)
adj , ropier, ropiest
1.  informal (Brit)
 a.  inferior or inadequate
 b.  slightly unwell; below par
2.  (of a viscous or sticky substance) forming strands or filaments
3.  resembling a rope: ropey muscles
ropy or ropy
'ropily or ropy
'ropiness or ropy

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Cut open the body and the workings are fairly suggestive: a big pulsing heart,
  long ropy veins, a sacklike stomach full of food.
Yet the country's official statistics are notoriously ropy.
But if you look at the graph, things have looked pretty ropy since.
Hints of environmental backsliding have appeared in the government's own ropy
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