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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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Related Words for ropy

sinewy, burly, vigorous, sturdy, athletic, powerful, brawny, stout, robust, strapping, wiry, tacky, viscous, syrupy, heavy, impenetrable, opaque, stiff, deep, gooey

Examples from the Web for ropy

Historical Examples of ropy

  • 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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