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ropy

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊpi
 
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(also ropey)

Definition of ropy in English:

adjective (ropier, ropiest)

1Resembling a rope, especially in being long, strong, and fibrous: the ropy roots of the old tree
More example sentences
  • He works out every day, so that the muscles in his arms and legs are thick and ropy.
  • Glossy leaves hung from dipping boughs, and thick, ropy vines crept up massive, strong trees.
  • The spindle cell areas showed extensive sclerosis with ropy, thick, osteoid-like collagen and microcalcifications.
Synonyms
2 (usually ropey) British informal Of poor quality: a portrait by a pretty ropey artist
More example sentences
  • If you're struggling to get onto the property ladder, the last thing you need is ropey mortgage advice.
  • Much of the acting is pretty ropey, as if the cast think that they are in panto.
  • It's a bit ropey sometimes but we're all very committed and confident, just not very talented.
2.1Slightly ill: I did feel a bit ropey earlier
More example sentences
  • I had managed to have a shave the night before, but still felt pretty ropey, so I decided to get something to eat.
  • By Wednesday I was feeling ropey.
  • Put it this way: I've had the best New Years Eve out for many a year, and still feel ropey 24 hours later!

Derivatives

ropily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Teaching has to try to bridge, however ropily, the gap between those who are confident they have something to pass on and those who are less sure there's anything they need to learn.
  • A ropily muscled black man in jeans and a maroon T-shirt stepped out.
  • He has a marathoner's unnatural leanness, to go with his mobile full lips, big beaky nose, and long, ropily veined hands.

ropiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Oh, the agonies of a principal cellist who soars elegantly skywards in a Shostakovich symphony only to have the reviewer point out the ropiness of the cello section!
  • The accent on fighting is perhaps overplayed given the slight ropiness of the fighting system.

Words that rhyme with ropy

dopey, Hopi, Opie, soapy, topi

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