adjective, rop·i·er, rop·i·est.

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

Origin of ropy

First recorded in 1470–80; rope + -y1
Related formsrop·i·ly, adverbrop·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for ropiness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper