Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling a rope or ropes.
  • adj. Forming sticky glutinous strings or threads, as some liquids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a rope.
  • adj. Capable of forming rope-like or thread-like structures.
  • adj. Of poor quality; in poor health.
  • adj. Slimy, as after the action of Enterobacter aerogenes in syrup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. capable of being drawn into a thread, as a glutinous substance; stringy; viscous; tenacious; glutinous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a rope or cord; cord-like.
  • Capable of being drawn into a thread, as a glutinous substance; stringy; viscous; tenacious; glutinous: as, ropy wine; ropy lees.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (British informal) very poor in quality
  • adj. forming viscous or glutinous threads
  • adj. of or resembling rope (or ropes) in being long and strong

Etymologies

From Middle English ropy, from rope + -y (Wiktionary)

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