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mess

 
 
pronunciation:
mes
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
mess around, mess up
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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
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: messes, messing, messed
definition 1: to make dirty, untidy, or disorderly (often fol. by "up").
Look how these dogs are allowed to mess the sidewalks!Please don't mess my papers. I've got everything in order now.I had just cleaned up the living room when the children came in and messed it up again.She was annoyed at how the wind had messed up her hair.
synonyms:
clutter, dirty, disarray, disorder, disorganize, litter, untidy
antonyms:
straighten
similar words:
jumble, muss, rumple
definition 2: to ruin or cause problems with; botch; make a muddle of (usu. 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, litter
definition 2: (slang) to meddle or become involved (usu. fol. by "with" or "in").
Hey, you'd better stop messing in my affairs!Look, I don't want to mess with you two, but you should stop and think about what you're doing.
synonyms:
meddle
similar words:
fool, hamper, interfere, interlope, tamper
definition 3: to eat in a military mess.
similar words:
dine, eat, sup
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phrase: mess around, mess up
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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