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rop·y

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.

rop•y

(ˈroʊ pi)

adj. rop•i•er, rop•i•est.
1. resembling rope: ropy muscles.
2. forming viscid or glutinous threads, as a liquid.
[1470–80]
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
Translations

ropy

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

rop(e)y

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

ropy

ropey [ˈrəʊpɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → scadente
to feel rop(e)y (ill) → sentirsi male
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
All we had was an old aerial photograph and a ropy old map.
United have the best defence in the league and have conceded only three in their last nine but Smalling showed why Mourinho refuses to consider playing out of the back with him at Newcastle on Sunday and Rojo's ropy return to domestic football has restricted him to one league start in the new year.
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Connor Campbell, a financial analyst at SpreadEx said: "Losses in the oil, housebuilding and pharmaceutical sectors appear to be hampering the FTSE, as well as the general feeling that the UK economy is looking pretty damn ropy at the moment.
Histopathology report demonstrated a benign lesion with abundant ropy collagen with native smooth muscle, vessels, and rare fibroblast-like spindle cells.
Characterised by ptosis, ropy mucous discharge, photophobia, large, non-uniform cobblestone papillae, Horner-Trantas dots, limbal nodules, neovascularisation, corneal shield ulcers, and itching.
There were a couple of ropy moments but, similarly, there were two blocked shots and two clearing headers in the space of about one minute in the first half.
There would be the awful prospect that a British negotiating team desperate to secure continued access to the single market would be offered a ropy deal as a fait accompli.
However, a few months ago it acquired a Lebanese grill house (Lazeez Grill House) which was previously a very ropy Italian restaurant.