[ 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.

Origin of ropy

First recorded in 1470–80; rope + -y1

Other words from ropy

  • rop·i·ly, adverb
  • rop·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby ropy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ropy in a sentence

  • He was a short, lean man with a leathery face and long, black ropy hair, and beady black eyes that caught the light like a cat's.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • Near the Guardian Rocks large masses of ropy lava are found which suggest ejected bombs.

    Mount Rainier | Various
  • Put a pint of clean sugar to a pint of juice, and boil it slowly, till it becomes ropy.

  • All I could see then was a bunch of black ropy arms tangled around what looked like, as Putz described it to you, an ostrich.

    A Martian Odyssey | Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • The wet shirt clinging close to his body outlined well-knit shoulders, ropy-muscled arms.

    Big Timber | Bertrand W. Sinclair