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also rop·ey  (rō′pē)
adj. rop·i·er, rop·i·est
1. Resembling a rope or ropes.
2. Forming sticky glutinous strings or threads, as some liquids.

rop′i·ly adv.
rop′i·ness n.


(ˈroʊ pi)

adj. rop•i•er, rop•i•est.
1. resembling rope: ropy muscles.
2. forming viscid or glutinous threads, as a liquid.
rop′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ropy - of or resembling rope (or ropes) in being long and strong
2.ropy - forming viscous or glutinous threads
thick - relatively dense in consistency; "thick cream"; "thick soup"; "thick smoke"; "thick fog"
3.ropy - (British informal) very poor in quality; "ropey food"; "a ropey performance"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
inferior - of low or inferior quality


ropey [ˈrəʊpɪ] (Brit) ADJ (ropier (compar) (ropiest (superl))) (= off colour) → pachucho, chungo; (= weak) [plan, argument etc] → nada convincente, flojo; (= sinewy) [muscles, arms] → fibroso
I feel a bit ropeyme siento un poco chungo, no me siento del todo bien
this car looks a bit ropeyeste coche parece una auténtica tartana


adj (+er) (Brit inf: = bad) → miserabel (inf); (= worn)mitgenommen; the engine is a bit ropyder Motor pfeift auf dem letzten Loch (inf)


ropey [ˈrəʊpɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → scadente
to feel rop(e)y (ill) → sentirsi male
References in classic literature ?
Sancho kept spitting from time to time, and his spittle seemed somewhat ropy and dry, observing which the compassionate squire of the Grove said, "It seems to me that with all this talk of ours our tongues are sticking to the roofs of our mouths; but I have a pretty good loosener hanging from the saddle-bow of my horse," and getting up he came back the next minute with a large bota of wine and a pasty half a yard across; and this is no exaggeration, for it was made of a house rabbit so big that Sancho, as he handled it, took it to be made of a goat, not to say a kid, and looking at it he said, "And do you carry this with you, senor?
The chase lay through the brake for perhaps a quarter of a mile, and then plunged into a dense thicket, which retarded our movements exceedingly, though we went through it in a crowd together,-- fronds flicking into our faces, ropy creepers catching us under the chin or gripping our ankles, thorny plants hooking into and tearing cloth and flesh together.
He was content to eat the leavings, the big tough carrots and the little ropy ones, rather than to venture a short distance farther on to where the carrots were as yet untouched.
Demolition shelters hard (next to Paris) under the ropy shelters with maintaining existing supports.
SIMON RAMSDEN 6 Off to a ropy start as part of a new system but eventually got to grips.
My pork leg cuts (compared with the frankly ropy belly pork at the highend gastropub mentioned above) was superb (and half the price).
The scientists determined that it is possible to increase the production of exopolysaccharides by using ropy strains of S.
He stuck with me when things were ropy last year, which was more than money can buy really.
There's nothing in it that can't be seen in other spider constructions, reaching all the way back to the ropy trip lines of the mesotheles.
Now, if I were a supermarket faced with a bunch of Apprentices pitching their ropy TV dinners I'd flip a coin and place an order for 10million from one team and three from the other team, just to mess with their heads.
Such speculation was fuelled by their last championship match, in which they were all out for 128 and 140, and further by one or two ropy one-day performances since.