messy

[ 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.

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Origin of messy

First recorded in 1835–45; mess + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM messy

mess·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for messy

messy
/ (ˈmɛsɪ) /

adjective messier or messiest

dirty, confused, or untidy

Derived forms of messy

messily, adverbmessiness, noun
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