mixed messages/signals

Definition of mixed messages/signals

:a showing of thoughts or feelings that are very different from each other
  • I don't know if he likes me; he keeps giving me mixed messages.
  • She's sending mixed signals about her feelings.

Word by Word Definitions

mixed play
  1. : combining characteristics of more than one kind

  2. : made up of or involving individuals or items of more than one kind: such as

  3. : made up of or involving persons differing in race, national origin, religion, or class

message play messages
  1. : a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals

  2. : a messenger's mission

  3. : an underlying theme or idea

  1. : to send as a message or by messenger

  2. : to send a message to

  3. : to communicate by message

signal play signals
  1. : sign, indication

  2. : an act, event, or watchword that has been agreed on as the occasion of concerted action

  3. : something that incites to action

  1. : to notify by a signal

  2. : to communicate or indicate by or as if by signals

  3. : to constitute a characteristic feature of (a meaningful linguistic form)

  1. : distinguished from the ordinary : notable


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