Nearby words

  1. rootstalk,
  2. rootstock,
  3. rootworm,
  4. rooty,
  5. ropable,
  6. rope dancer,
  7. rope in,
  8. rope socket,
  9. rope stitch,
  10. rope tow


Origin of rope

before 900; (noun) Middle English rop(e), rap(e), Old English rāp; cognate with Dutch reep, German Reif; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

Related formsrop·er, nounrope·like, adjectiveun·roped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rope

British Dictionary definitions for rope


/ (rəʊp) /



See also rope in

Word Origin for rope

Old English rāp; related to Old Saxon rēp, Old High German reif

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Word Origin and History for rope
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Idioms and Phrases with rope


In addition to the idiom beginning with rope

  • rope in

also see:

  • end of one's rope
  • enough rope
  • (show someone) know the ropes
  • on the ropes
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