mess around


messed around; messing around; messes around

intransitive verb

: to waste time : dawdle, idle
: associate
didn't mess around with gangs

Examples of mess around in a Sentence

spent the vacation day just messing around a guy who goes to the health club mainly to mess around with the women
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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mess around was in 1918

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“Mess around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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