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Ropy   Listen

Of or resembling rope (or ropes) in being long and strong.  Synonym: ropey.
Forming viscous or glutinous threads.  Synonyms: ropey, stringy, thready.
(British informal) very poor in quality.  Synonym: ropey.  "A ropey performance"

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"Ropy" Quotes from Famous Books

... servants. He did not know then that his khitmatgar had stopped by the roadside to get drunk, and would come on the next day saying that he had sprained his ankle. When he got into Pathankote, he couldn't find his servants, his boots were stiff and ropy with mud, and there were large quantities of dirt about his body. The blue tie had run as much as the khaki. So he took it off with the collar and threw it away. Then he said something about servants generally and tried to get a peg. He paid eight annas for ...
— The Works of Rudyard Kipling One Volume Edition • Rudyard Kipling

... their shoes off, easing their feet. If we looked into the sky our prospects for seeing a monoplane flying about were most excellent. If we entered a square it was bound to be jammed with horses and packed baggage trains and supply wagons. The atmosphere was laden with the ropy scents of the boiling stews and with the heavier smells of the soldiers' unwashed bodies and their ...
— Paths of Glory - Impressions of War Written At and Near the Front • Irvin S. Cobb

... condemned as a criminal waste of food; for a stock raiser, or farmer, who knows his business can feed his calves until they reach a healthy maturity, without seriously interfering with his supply of milk. The flesh of BOB-VEAL is a soft, flabby, sticky substance, of a ropy gelatinous nature; and, being the first flesh, unchanged by the health-giving action of air and food, it is devoid of the elements necessary to transform it into wholesome food. IT SHOULD ...
— Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six • Juliet Corson

... distinguished from others of the Hypericaceous order by its decidedly two edged stem. Sprigs of it are stuck at the present time in Wales over every outer door on the eve of St. John's day; [290] and in Scotland, milking is done on the herb to dispel the malignant enchantments which cause ropy milk. ...
— Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure • William Thomas Fernie

... slip, spill, list, band, fillet, fascia, ribbon, riband, roll, lath, splinter, shiver, shaving. beard &c. (roughness) 256; ramification; strand. Adj. filamentous, filamentiferous[obs3], filaceous[obs3], filiform[obs3]; fibrous, fibrillous[obs3]; thread-like, wiry, stringy, ropy; capillary, capilliform[obs3]; funicular, wire-drawn; anguilliform[obs3]; flagelliform[obs3]; hairy &c. (rough) 256; taeniate[obs3], ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

Words linked to "Ropy" :   United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, inferior, thready, rope, United Kingdom, thick, colloquialism, Britain, ropey, U.K., ropiness, stringy, Great Britain, UK

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