- 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
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Examples from the Web for messy
If you think divorce between two people is messy and traumatic, imagine divorcing yourself.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
But there is a messy middle territory between demonization and idealization.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
THE NEW YORK TIMES/JILL ABRAMSON DISASTER: It was messy enough when, on May 14, New York Times Co.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
In another, they sit smiling inside their Los Angeles apartment at a messy kitchen table.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
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Their inevitable divorce was messy, bitter, and packed with bizarre occurrences.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
It's much better you didn't recognise us; these boiler explosions are so messy.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Thousands of other planets will gain the settlers that Messy Row loses.Mezzerow Loves Company
Floyd L. Wallace
That was messy; but we wanted to be hospitable, so we didn't say anything.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
Sorry to sacrifice you, honey, but the other way is just too messy.The Deadly Daughters
Winston K. Marks
And if he's at all messy about it, I give you leave to roll him downstairs.Shorty McCabe on the Job
- dirty, confused, or untidy
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Word Origin and History for messy
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