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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 ropy

Historical Examples

  • Two sets of conditions are responsible for these ropy or slimy milks.

    Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition

    H. L. Russell

  • As he rose, ropy tentacles twined about him, and he saw what had saved him.

  • The beard is ropy and unnatural; it is, however, an imposing sort of figure.

    The Greville Memoirs

    Charles C. F. Greville

  • Why, I'd rather have a good navy revolver to fight with than this ropy thing!

    The North Pacific

    Willis Boyd Allen

  • This water had probably been there for years, and was as ropy as molasses.

Word Origin and History for ropy


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

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