[ miks-uhp ]
/ ˈmɪksˌʌp /
a confused state of things; muddle; tangle.
Can You Untangle These Regional Mix-Ups?Watch what you say while you're traveling around the US - not all words mean the same things in the same places.
Origin of mix-up
First recorded in 1835–45; noun use of verb phrase mix up
Definition for mix up (2 of 2)
[ miks ]
/ mɪks /
verb (used with object), mixed or mixt, mix·ing.
to combine (substances, elements, things, etc.) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents.
to put together indiscriminately or confusedly (often followed by up).
to combine, unite, or join: to mix business and pleasure.
to add as an element or ingredient: Mix some salt into the flour.
to form or make by combining ingredients: to mix a cake; to mix mortar.
- to combine, blend, edit, etc. (the various components of a soundtrack): to mix dialogue and sound effects.
- to complete the mixing process on (a film, soundtrack, etc.): an important movie that took months to mix.
to combine (two or more separate recordings or microphone signals) to make a single recording or composite signal.
verb (used without object), mixed or mixt, mix·ing.
to become mixed: a paint that mixes easily with water.
to associate or mingle, as in company: to mix with the other guests at a party.
to be crossbred, or of mixed breeding.
Boxing. to exchange blows vigorously and aggressively: The crowd jeered as the fighters clinched, refusing to mix.
an act or instance of mixing.
the result of mixing; mixture: cement mix; an odd mix of gaiety and sadness.
a commercially prepared blend of ingredients to which usually only a liquid must be added to make up the total of ingredients necessary or obtain the desired consistency: a cake mix; muffin mix.
Music. music or songs selected and recorded as a mixtape: the ultimate one-hour workout mix; a mix of Christmas songs; a DJ mix.
the proportion of ingredients in a mixture; formula: a mix of two to one.
Informal. a mess or muddle; mix-up.
Music. an electronic blending of tracks or sounds made to produce a recording.
mix down, to mix the tracks of an existing recording to make a new recording with fewer tracks: the four-track tape was mixed down to stereo.
- to confuse completely, especially to mistake one person or thing for another: The teacher was always mixing up the twins.
- to involve or entangle.
Origin of mix
1470–80; back formation from mixt mixed
SYNONYMS FOR mix
1, 9 commingle, jumble, unite, amalgamate, fuse. Mix, blend, combine, mingle concern the bringing of two or more things into more or less intimate association. Mix is the general word for such association: to mix fruit juices. Blend implies such a harmonious joining of two or more types of colors, feelings, etc., that the new product formed displays some of the qualities of each: to blend fragrances or whiskeys. Combine implies such a close or intimate union that distinction between the parts is lost: to combine forces. Mingle usually suggests retained identity of the parts: to mingle voices.
14 concoction; formula.
mix·a·ble, adjectivemix·a·bil·i·ty, mix·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·mix, verbun·mix, verb (used with object)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for mix up (1 of 2)
/ (mɪks) /
(tr) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
(intr) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etcsome chemicals do not mix
(tr) to form (something) by combining two or more constituentsto mix cement
(tr; often foll by in or into) to add as an additional part or element (to a mass or compound)to mix flour into a batter
(tr) to do at the same time; combineto mix study and pleasure
(tr) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
to come or cause to come into association sociallyPauline has never mixed well
(intr often foll by with) to go together; complement
(tr) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
(tr) electronics to combine (two or more signals)
- (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
- (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
(tr) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
mix it informal
- to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person namedshe tried to mix it for John
- to fight
the act or an instance of mixing
the result of mixing; mixture
a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
music the sound obtained by mixing
building trades civil engineering the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
informal a state of confusion, bewilderment
See also mix-up
Derived Formsmixable, adjectivemixability, noun
Word Origin for mix
C15: back formation from mixt mixed, via Old French from Latin mixtus, from miscēre to mix
British Dictionary definitions for mix up (2 of 2)
a confused condition or situation
informal a fight
verb mix up (tr, adverb)
to make into a mixtureto mix up ingredients
to confuse or confoundTom mixes John up with Bill
(often passive) to put (someone) into a state of confusionI'm all mixed up
(foll by in or with; usually passive) to involve (in an activity or group, esp one that is illegal)why did you get mixed up in that drugs racket?
mix it up US and Canadian informal to fight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Idioms and Phrases with mix up
Confuse, confound, as in His explanation just mixed me up even more, or I always mix up the twins. [c. 1800]
Involve or implicate. This usage is usually put in the passive, as in He got mixed up with the wrong crowd. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.