Etymology
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roper (n.)

"rope-maker," late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), from rope (n.) + -er (1). Related: Ropery "place where ropes are made" (also known as a rope-walk, 1670s).

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Definitions of roper

roper (n.)
a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game);
roper (n.)
a cowboy who uses a lasso to rope cattle or horses;
roper (n.)
a craftsman who makes ropes;
Synonyms: ropemaker / rope-maker
From wordnet.princeton.edu