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ropy

[roh-pee]
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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

  • 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

ropy

adj.

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

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