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.

Nearby words

  1. messmate,
  2. messroom,
  3. messrs,
  4. messrs.,
  5. messuage,
  6. mestee,
  7. mester,
  8. mestiza,
  9. mestizo,
  10. mestome

Origin of messy

First recorded in 1835–45; mess + -y1

Related formsmess·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for messy

messy

/ (ˈmɛsɪ) /

adjective messier or messiest

dirty, confused, or untidy
Derived Formsmessily, adverbmessiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for messy

messy

adj.

1843, "untidy," from mess (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use ("unethical") by 1924. Related: Messily; messiness.

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