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messy

mess·y

messy

pronunciation:
me si
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: messier, messiest
definition 1: dirty, untidy, or disorderly.
a messy kitchen
synonyms:
cluttered, dirty, disarrayed, disorderly, disorganized, grungy, sloppy, slovenly, untidy
antonyms:
clean, neat, orderly, straight, tidy, trim
similar words:
chaotic, crummy, disheveled, filthy, grubby, jumbled, littered, nasty, offensive, unkempt
definition 2: unpleasant, complicated, or embarrassing.
a messy lawsuit
synonyms:
complicated, muddled, snarled, tangled, unpleasant
antonyms:
straightforward
similar words:
awkward, chaotic, confused, difficult, embarrassing, jumbled, troubling
derivations: messily (adv.), messiness (n.)
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The word messy contains the following part:
-y1, -ey Old English adjective-forming suffix that means characterized by; full of; tending to
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The suffix -y1, -ey attaches to nouns and a few verbs to form adjectives.