- a lap dog; small pet dog.
Origin of messan
First recorded in 1490–1500, messan is from the Scots Gaelic word measàn pet
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Examples from the Web for messin
Ah-hah, but you better not be messin' 'round de chist too much.Contemporary One-Act Plays
Sir James M. Barrie
For a fellow of real ambition and keenness for gettin' on, it's absolutely feedin', an existence like this, just messin' about.
Dey come gallupin' down de road, jumpin' over de palin's, tromplin' down de rose bushes an' messin' up de flower beds.
He married once but "my wife got to messin' around with another man so I sent her home to her mother."Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
Only, seems like we're messin' up a sight of railroads, all down in our own part of the country.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton