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.
SYNONYMS FOR mess
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Origin of mess
Example sentences from the Web for mess
Just digging out of the mess will be a challenge for the ages.The Republican Party’s future: Being terrorized by its unhinged base|Paul Waldman|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
“I made an absolute mess of the kitchen, but the cookies were actually pretty good,” he said.
The Dallas Cowboys are a mess and on their fourth different starting quarterback of the season.Steelers stay unbeaten, Chargers drop another heartbreaker in NFL Week 9|Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
The third presidential debate went much smoother than the first, but it was still somewhat of a mess when it comes to factual accuracy.Science was a big winner—and loser—at this week’s presidential debate|Sara Chodosh|October 23, 2020|Popular Science
In the backcountry, you’re almost always going to end up with a mess of meat, bones, and skin on your plate.How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry|Ryan Wichelns|October 15, 2020|Outside Online
The number of people messing with Texas will mean that Texas will transform into a place like other places.
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
It boasted a cast that included Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.How Megan Hilty Survived TV Flops ‘Smash’ and ‘Sean Saves the World’ With Grace|Kevin Fallon|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You get so much practice and spend so much time on sets messing around.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List|Marlow Stern|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The house would please her she would enjoy messing about with the decoration, she was very artistic!The Forsyte Saga, Volume I.|John Galsworthy
But it wasn't right to be messing another man's sleep with tidal waves that didn't belong to the other man.The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
The King slabbed it on with the enjoyment of a child messing with treacle.The Napoleon of Notting Hill|Gilbert K. Chesterton
With regard to officers, stoppages for messing was on the scale already mentioned.
Evening had far advanced when we arrived on our camping-ground; tents were far behind; so were the messing arrangements.
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