noun \ˈmes\

: a very dirty or untidy state or condition

: something or someone that looks very dirty or untidy

: a situation that is very complicated or difficult to deal with

Full Definition of MESS

:  a quantity of food:
a archaic :  food set on a table at one time
b :  a prepared dish of soft food; also :  a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together
c :  enough food of a specified kind for a dish or a meal <picked a mess of peas for dinner>
a :  a group of persons who regularly take their meals together; also :  a meal so taken
b :  a place where meals are regularly served to a group :  mess hall
a :  a disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant state or condition <your room is in a mess>
b :  one that is disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant usually because of blundering, laxity, or misconduct <[the movie] is a mess, as sloppy in concept as it is in execution — Judith Crist>
:  a large quantity or number

Examples of MESS

  1. He was a mess after gardening all day.
  2. My hair is a mess.
  3. Well, that's another fine mess you've gotten me into!
  4. How do we get ourselves into these messes?
  5. The school system is a mess.
  6. Things were a real mess for a while after she retired.
  7. My life is a complete mess.
  8. She was a real mess for a while after her divorce.
  9. He was a mess during his daughter's wedding ceremony.

Origin of MESS

Middle English mes, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin missus course at a meal, from missus, past participle of mittere to put, from Latin, to send — more at smite
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of MESS

transitive verb
:  to provide with meals at a mess
a :  to make dirty or untidy :  disarrange —often used with up <don't mess up your room>
b :  to mix up :  bungle —often used with up <really messed up my life>
:  to interfere with —often used with up <magnetic storms that mess up communications — Time>
:  to rough up :  manhandle —often used with up <mess him up good so he won't cheat us again>
intransitive verb
:  to take meals with a mess
:  to make a mess
a :  putter, trifle <children like to mess around with paints>
b :  to handle or play with something especially carelessly <don't mess with my camera> —often used with around
c :  to take an active interest in something or someone <messing around with new video techniques>; also :  interfere, meddle <messing in other people's affairs> <you'd better not mess with me>
:  to become confused or make an error —usually used with up

Examples of MESS

  1. <please don't mess with me while I'm trying to concentrate>

First Known Use of MESS

14th century
May 24, 2015
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