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mess

mess

 
pronunciation:
mes
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
mess around
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a state of dirtiness or disorder, or something characterized by such.
The house has been in a mess since the baby arrived.Your desk is a mess; how can you find anything?
synonyms:
clutter, dirtiness, disarray, disorder, filthiness, sloppiness, slovenliness, untidiness
similar words:
botch, dirt, hodgepodge, jumble, litter, mare's-nest, mishmash, muddle, muss, offensiveness, pigpen, tumble, upset
definition 2: a confusing, embarrassing, or troublesome state of affairs.
With neither making much money, their financial situation was a mess.Who can sort out this political mess?
synonyms:
botch, chaos, confusion, hash, hot water, jam, jumble, kettle of fish, muddle, snarl, tangle
similar words:
bedlam, bungle, complication, difficulty, dilemma, embarrassment, fix, foul-up, imbroglio, pandemonium, perplexity, pickle, predicament, scrape, screwup, snafu, trouble, tumble, turmoil
definition 3: (informal) one whose appearance or whose life is in a disorderly or chaotic condition.
He's been a mess since his wife left him.
similar words:
foul-up, screwup
definition 4: a group of people, usu. in military service, who regularly eat meals together.
definition 5: a meal eaten by such a group, or the room in which this meal is eaten.
similar words:
cafeteria, commissary, meal, mess hall, refectory, repast, sitting, table
definition 6: an amount of something, usu. edible, sufficient for a single person or occasion.
a mess of porridge
similar words:
amount, portion, quantity, serving
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: messed, messes, messing
definition 1: to make dirty, untidy, or disorderly (often fol. by up).
Please ask your friends not to mess up the living room.
synonyms:
clutter, dirty, disarray, disorder, disorganize, litter, untidy
antonyms:
straighten
similar words:
jumble, muss, rumple
definition 2: to botch or make a muddle of (often fol. by up).
I got distracted and messed up my golf shot.The weather certainly messed up our vacation plans.
synonyms:
botch, bungle, hash, jumble, muddle, snarl
antonyms:
straighten
similar words:
confuse, muff, spoil, tangle
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make a mess.
synonyms:
dirty, jumble, litter, muddle
similar words:
complicate, tangle
definition 2: to meddle or become involved (usu. fol. by with or in).
synonyms:
meddle
similar words:
fool, hamper, interfere, interlope, tamper
definition 3: to eat in a military mess.
similar words:
dine, eat, sup
phrase: mess around
Word History
The word mess comes from an early French word that means "an amount of food put out at a meal."
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