hot mess

plural hot messes

Definition of hot mess

1 informal : something or someone that is emphatically a mess: such as
a : 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
b : 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
2 archaic
a : 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
b : 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

First Known Use of hot mess

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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The first known use of hot mess was circa 1772

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“Hot mess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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