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English definition of “ropy”


adjective uk (ropier, ropiest) (also ropey)   /ˈrəʊ.pi/ us    /ˈroʊ-/ mainly UK informal
in bad condition or of low quality: Your tyres look a bit ropy, don't they? I usually feel rather ropy (= ill) the morning after a big party.Informal words for badRubbish and wasteSerious and unpleasantNot of good quality
(Definition of ropy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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