hot mess


plural hot messes
informal : something or someone that is emphatically a mess: such as
: something in a state of extreme disorder or disarray
His latest outing, to a hot mess of a boutique hotel in New Mexico, is just as full of withering asides and bleeped-out F-bombs.TV Guide
: a disorganized, disheveled, or self-destructive person
She's a hard-drinking hot mess who scavenges the streets for castoff furniture and clothing that she spruces up and sometimes sells; how she survives in contemporary Los Angeles is one of the movie's biggest mysteries.Sheri Lindenn
also : such a person who is at the same time attractive or sexy
However, Everett actually is a hot mess when she performs. Her stage presence is erotic and chaotic, her big blond body wrapped in something low-cut and sheer. Molly Adams
: a hot dish especially of soft or pulpy food
… there was a stove over which our guides made a hot mess of flour and water which passed for soup.Edwin Swift Balch
: a hot mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together
They were supping or breakfasting together off a hot mess of meat and vegetables, and rose up at our entrance, for the room boasted of a wooden bench and couple of ricketty stools.Henry Vizetelly

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Getting a better estimate for how frequent and widespread eruptions have been will help scientists refine their models for how the planet evolved into such a hot mess. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2023 On Monday, Christian Wood, who provides a hot hand at one end and a hot mess at the other, also sat with foot soreness. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2023 But when it's disrupted, your skin can look and feel like a hot mess. April Benshosan, Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023 The result: a hot mess of drama and a potential harbinger for future Netflix #content. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 15 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of hot mess was circa 1772

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“Hot mess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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