messy

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adjective \ˈme-sē\

Definition of messy

messier

;

messiest

  1. 1 :  marked by confusion, disorder, or dirt :  untidy <a messy room>

  2. 2 :  lacking neatness or precision :  careless, slovenly <messy thinking>

  3. 3 :  extremely unpleasant or trying <messy lawsuits> <a messy divorce>

messily

play \ˈme-sə-lē\ adverb

messiness

play \ˈme-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of messy in a sentence

  1. Painting a room can be messy work.

  2. Some kinds of glue are messier than others.

  3. a delicious but messy sandwich

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First Known Use of messy

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MESSY Defined for English Language Learners

messy

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adjective \ˈme-sē\

Definition of messy for English Language Learners

  • : not clean or tidy

  • : carelessly made or done : not careful or precise

  • : causing or involving a mess : likely to make something dirty or sticky


MESSY Defined for Kids

messy

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adjective \ˈme-sē\

Definition of messy for Students

messier

messiest

  1. 1 :  not clean or tidy <a messy room>

  2. 2 :  causing or making a mess <a messy art project>

  3. 3 :  not careful or precise <messy writing>

messiness

\ˈme-sē-nəs\ noun


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