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From Middle English ropy, from rope + -y

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ropy (comparative ropier or more ropy, superlative ropiest or most ropy)

  1. Resembling a rope.
  2. Capable of forming rope-like or thread-like structures.
  3. (UK, colloquial) Of poor quality; in poor health.
    • 2012, The Economist, Sept. 8th, "Emigration: On The Road"
      Although Britain’s migration figures are ropey, other data point in the same direction.
  4. (of milk or another liquid) Slimy, as after the action of Enterobacter aerogenes in syrup.

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