[ mes-ee-ey; French me-syey ]
/ ˈmɛs iˌeɪ; French mɛˈsyeɪ /


Charles [sharl] /ʃarl/,1730–1817, French astronomer.


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Definition for messier (2 of 2)

[ mes-ee ]
/ ˈmɛs i /

adjective, mess·i·er, mess·i·est.

characterized by a dirty, untidy, or disordered condition: a messy room.
causing a mess: a messy recipe; messy work.
embarrassing, difficult, or unpleasant: a messy political situation.
characterized by moral or psychological confusion.

Origin of messy

First recorded in 1835–45; mess + -y1


mess·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for messier

/ (ˈmɛsɪ) /

adjective messier or messiest

dirty, confused, or untidy

Derived forms of messy

messily, adverbmessiness, noun
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