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adjective, rop·i·er, rop·i·est.
  1. resembling a rope or ropes: ropy muscles.
  2. forming viscid or glutinous threads, as a liquid.
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Origin of ropy

First recorded in 1470–80; rope + -y1
Related formsrop·i·ly, adverbrop·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for ropiness

Historical Examples of ropiness

  • Ropiness of this character is not usually communicable from one lot of milk to another.

    Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition

    H. L. Russell

  • The tannin by this time will have separated the azotized matter from the liquor, and removed the ropiness.

  • Rouse the beer as the hops are gradually introduced, and, in some months, the ropiness will be perfectly cured.

Word Origin and History for ropiness



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

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