Synonyms and Antonyms of mess
1 to make or do (something) in a clumsy or unskillful way messed up the drawing and had to start over Synonyms of mess up blow, bobble, boggle, bollix (up), boot, bugger (up), bumble, bungle, butcher, dub, flub, fluff, foozle, foul up, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mangle, botch (up), muck up, muff, murder, screw upWords Related to mess up blunder, gum (up), muddle, piffle; blemish, blight, damage, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, mutilate, ruin, spoil, vitiate; destroy, wreck; mishandle, mismanageNear Antonyms of mess up ameliorate, better, enhance, help, improve, meliorate, rectify, refine, reform, remedy; doctor, fix, patch, recondition, renovate, repair, revamp
2 to undo the proper order or arrangement of a nap had messed up her hair and she looked a sight Synonyms of mess up confuse, derange, disarrange, disarray, discompose, dishevel, disjoint, dislocate, disorganize, disrupt, disturb, hash, jumble, disorder (up), mix (up), muddle, muss, rumple, scramble, shuffle, tousle, tumble, upsetWords Related to mess up embroil, entangle, snarl, tangle; agitate, perturb, stir (up), unsettle; clutterNear Antonyms of mess up align (also aline), line, line up, queue; classify, codify, methodize, systematize, systemize; adjust, fix; groom, make up, spruce (up); unscrambleAntonyms of mess up arrange, array, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, range, regulate, straighten (up), tidy
3 to make a mistake if anyone messes up even once while we're recording, we have to start all over again Synonyms of mess up blunder, boob [British], flub, fluff, foul up, fumble, goof (up), louse up, err (up), screw up, slip up, stumble, tripWords Related to mess up nod; bobble, botch, bungle, butcher, foozle, mangle, mishandle, muff, murder; miscalculate, misconceive, miscount, miscue, misdeem, misgauge, misjudge, mistake; misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand
4 to strike repeatedly “If I catch you looking at my girlfriend, I'm going to mess you up!” he threatened Synonyms of mess up bash, baste, bat, batter, belabor, belt, birch, bludgeon, buffet, bung up, club, curry, do, drub, fib [British], flog, hammer, hide, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lash, lather, lick, maul, beat (up), paddle, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, punch out, rough (up), slate, slog, switch, tan, thrash, thresh, thump, tromp, wallop, whale, whip, whop (or whap), whup, work overWords Related to mess up assail, assault, attack, beset, box, bust, chop, clobber, clout, crack, cudgel, cuff, descend (on or upon), hit, jump (on), knock, lam, lay on, paste, pounce (on or upon), punch, raid, rush, slam, slap, smack, smash, sock, spank, storm, swat, swipe, thwack, whack, wham, whomp; blackjack, cane, cowhide, flagellate, fustigate, horsewhip, leather, pistol-whip, rawhide, scourge, strap; gore, lacerate, wound; maim, mangle, mutilate
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