messy

adjective
\ ˈme-sē How to pronounce messy (audio) \
messier; messiest

Definition of messy

1 : marked by confusion, disorder, or dirt : untidy a messy room
2 : lacking neatness or precision : careless, slovenly messy thinking
3 : extremely unpleasant or trying messy lawsuits a messy divorce

Other Words from messy

messily \ ˈme-​sə-​lē How to pronounce messy (audio) \ adverb
messiness \ ˈme-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce messy (audio) \ noun

Examples of messy in a Sentence

Painting a room can be messy work. Some kinds of glue are messier than others. a delicious but messy sandwich
Recent Examples on the Web It’s about the crumbling idea of hierarchies in the kitchen, breaking toxic cycles, ego death and all the messy, dirty and beautiful bits of family. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2022 The trunk is usefully big, with nice carpet lining that discourages messy loads. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, 15 July 2022 The two were fixtures of New York’s see-and-be-seen scene before their equally public, and messy, 1992 divorce. Jill Colvin And Jennifer Peltz, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2022 The two were fixtures of New York's see-and-be-seen scene before their equally public, and messy, 1992 divorce. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 The two were fixtures of New York’s see-and-be-seen scene before their equally public, and messy, 1992 divorce. Jill Colvin And Jennifer Peltz, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 Jack-o'-lanterns may be a classic Halloween decoration, but there's no denying that pumpkin carving can be tricky, messy, and even a little dangerous. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 8 July 2022 Finding closure isn’t always easy, especially when the reason behind the breakup is multilayered, a little messy, or even psychological. Aley Arion, Essence, 7 July 2022 Identifying hidden barriers is messy, implicit and buried in social culture and normative mutual expectations. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of messy

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

28 Jul 2022

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“Messy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/messy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for messy

messy

adjective
\ ˈme-sē How to pronounce messy (audio) \
messier; messiest

Kids Definition of messy

1 : not clean or tidy a messy room
2 : causing or making a mess a messy art project
3 : not careful or precise messy writing

Other Words from messy

messiness \ ˈme-​sē-​nəs \ noun

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