verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Informal. to busy oneself without purpose or plan; work aimlessly or halfheartedly; putter.
- Informal. to waste time; loaf.
- Informal. to meddle or interfere.
- Informal. to involve or associate oneself, especially for immoral or unethical purposes: His wife accused him of messing around with gamblers.
- Slang. to trifle sexually; philander.
- to make dirty, untidy, or disordered.
- to make muddled, confused, etc.; make a mess of; spoil; botch.
- to perform poorly; bungle: She messed up on the final exam.
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Origin of mess
Example sentences from the Web for mess
Lets rap about new feminism, hip-hop and infidelity," she begins, "You got a good girl / Why she messing with a bad guy?Elevator Music Beyoncé Doesn’t Want to Hear: Jay Z’s ‘Mistress’ Drops ‘Sorry Mrs. Carter’|Amy Zimmerman|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
[Laughs] I had one moment where I had to mix it up with a guy who was messing around with a friend of mine at the bar.Mark Ruffalo Blasts Iraq’s GOP Warmongers, Talks ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Avengers’|Marlow Stern|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He believed that life could only be understood by messing about in it in high and low fashion.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy|Michael Weiss|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By discussing her mammary travails so openly, Jolie runs the risk of messing with the fantasy.
Together, we can make Washington take a break from messing w/ the Internet.Rep. Darrell Issa Turns to Reddit for Internet Moratorium Bill|Brian Ries|November 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I know that we are supposed to be messing with the officers of the 8th.'Neath Verdun, August-October, 1914|Maurice Genevoix
After a time the people began to murmur at all this delay and messing about, and presently some of them began to groan and hoot.The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
Isn't it bare and splendid—all clean lines—no messing and softness; it might be cut out of rock.The Lee Shore|Rose Macaulay
And while most of us were talking, Dicky and Noel got messing about with the beer-stand tigers.The Wouldbegoods|E. Nesbit
Now, what did ye come on board here for, messing into my affairs?Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for mess
Word Origin for mess
Idioms and Phrases with mess
In addition to the idioms beginning with mess
- mess around
- mess up
- mess with
- get into trouble (a mess)
- make a hash (mess) of