Definition of ropy in English:


(also ropey)


  • 1Resembling a rope, especially in being long, strong, and fibrous.

    ‘the ropy roots of the old tree’
    • ‘The arms connected to those hands were covered in ropy muscle all the way up to the broad shoulders.’
    • ‘The spindle cell areas showed extensive sclerosis with ropy, thick, osteoid-like collagen and microcalcifications.’
    • ‘As I balanced atop a trapeze of ropy branches ten feet above the boggy ground, my pack suddenly slipped over my head and I plunged forward.’
    • ‘He works out every day, so that the muscles in his arms and legs are thick and ropy.’
    • ‘Their long hair was thick and ropy, hanging partway down their broad backs.’
    • ‘But they were strong, too, he could tell by the ropy muscles that flexed underneath their skin.’
    • ‘Quaid has the lean, ropy physique of a lifelong athlete.’
    • ‘Glossy leaves hung from dipping boughs, and thick, ropy vines crept up massive, strong trees.’
    • ‘His arms are ropy with muscle, shaved smooth, veins braiding down to his wrists.’
    • ‘My sodden hair clings in ropy hanks to my body.’
    viscous, gelatinous, viscid, sticky, glutinous, mucilaginous, thick
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  • 2British informal Of poor quality.

    ‘a portrait by a pretty ropey artist’
    • ‘Only a handful of tracks are sung in rather ropy English.’
    • ‘It was somewhere we had visited on art college trips where, apart from the odd art gallery, the only Parisian experience we had was stumbling back through the red light district to our ropey hotel.’
    • ‘They've sold some right horrors over the years, such as ropey endowments and high charging managed funds.’
    • ‘While the premise is ropey at best, this is a damn enjoyable game.’
    • ‘The graphics are at times ropy, but the animation is great, and the feeling of being in the world - albeit a linear, defined world - is very well realised.’
    • ‘My colleagues' somewhat ropey grasp of physics resulted in a deluge of emails pointing out the error of our ways.’
    • ‘If you're struggling to get onto the property ladder, the last thing you need is ropey mortgage advice.’
    • ‘Made in a pre-CGI age, it all looks a little ropey, with the fight scenes played for laughs out of necessity.’
    • ‘There have been some glowing PR-style puffs for this scheme in the mainstream press, but I think that it's pretty ropey.’
    • ‘I do think it was put together quite nicely, visually, though, and the look is very effective and evocative - particularly the fact that you're watching a lot of what happens through ropey CCTV footage.’
    • ‘It's always being thought that staff from failed e-commerce ventures had gained marketable experience, however ropy the business plan of the firms they worked for was.’
    • ‘We're drowning under vast quantities of ropey information, and none the wiser for the experience.’
    • ‘This fact goes some way towards explaining why the nation's personal finances are looking pretty ropey at the moment.’
    • ‘A fairly ropey Greatest Hits collection followed and the recent announcement that Orbital were to split surprised nobody.’
    • ‘I saw the opening 20 minutes or so of the original cut on VHS, but it was ropey and I never got around to finishing it.’
    • ‘It's a bit ropey sometimes but we're all very committed and confident, just not very talented.’
    • ‘Much of the acting is pretty ropey, as if the cast think that they are in panto.’
    • ‘The other striking difference from the other prequels - and to be honest a lot of the original trilogy - is that there is some good acting and very little ropey dialogue.’
    • ‘But be wary, the quality, while satisfactory on a 3.5in screen, will look very ropey on a 32 in widescreen job.’
    • ‘Some of it is ropey, and some of the tracks go down routes that I wouldn't take nowadays, but on the whole I think it stands up.’
    inferior, second-rate, low-quality, low-grade, poor, poor-quality, inadequate, imperfect, faulty, defective, jerry-built, shoddy, shabby, crude, unsound, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, unworthy, disappointing
    unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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    1. 2.1Slightly ill.
      ‘I did feel a bit ropey earlier’
      • ‘Put it this way: I've had the best New Years Eve out for many a year, and still feel ropey 24 hours later!’
      • ‘By Wednesday I was feeling ropey.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, I was feeling too ropy to make my weekly journey to Arran and I definitely feel the worse for not having gone.’
      • ‘‘I felt ropey on the first lap,’ Radcliffe said, who had suffered a knee injury last week.’
      • ‘I've been struck down - like almost everyone else I know - with the norovirus, although it took me till Saturday morning to work out why I was feeling so ropey.’
      • ‘I had managed to have a shave the night before, but still felt pretty ropey, so I decided to get something to eat.’
      • ‘So my sister has chickenpox and I'm feeling a bit ropey myself - could I be going down with it too?’
      unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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