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[roh-pee] /ˈroʊ pi/
adjective, ropier, ropiest.
resembling a rope or ropes:
ropy muscles.
forming viscid or glutinous threads, as a liquid.
Origin of ropy
1470-80; rope + -y1
Related forms
ropily, adverb
ropiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ropy
  • 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 data.
  • The gangs may only have been kept out by the country's ropy ports.
  • But the industry's record when it comes to making deals work is ropy.
  • ropy veins stand out on her arms and hands through her translucent skin.
  • Pahoehoe has a smooth, billowy, ropy surface and has at times been likened to the surface texture of a pan of chocolate brownies.
  • New crust forms on the subsiding molten lava with ropy, lineated, or jumbled morphologies.
  • Others are relatively smooth and have a ropy glazed surface.
British Dictionary definitions for ropy


adjective ropier, ropiest
(Brit, informal)
  1. inferior or inadequate
  2. slightly unwell; below par
(of a viscous or sticky substance) forming strands or filaments
resembling a rope: ropey muscles
Derived Forms
ropily, adverb
ropiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ropy

late 15c., from rope (n.) + -y (2). Related: Ropiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ropy



Of low quality; bad; inferior; unsatisfactory (1942+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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