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adjective, muss·i·er, muss·i·est.
  1. untidy, messy, or rumpled.
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Origin of mussy

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; muss + -y1
Related formsmuss·i·ly, adverbmuss·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for mussy

blotchy, careless, chaotic, confused, disheveled, disordered, disorganized, grimy, grubby, muddled, raunchy, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, unkempt, untidy, littered

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Historical Examples of mussy

  • Before a month is out, you must be the wife of Mussy, Caorches or d'Emboise.

    The Confessions of Arsne Lupin

    Maurice Leblanc

  • And it only gets you hot and mussy, and I love my wife to be waiting when we come up.

    The Heart of Rachael

    Kathleen Norris

  • I'm perfectly sure I'll never care for babies, they are so mussy.

    Linda Condon

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • It may be all very well for you, Mussy, but it won't do for me.

  • Lauk a' mussy, bo', yeou goo to Sunday skewl, and don't know that!

British Dictionary definitions for mussy


adjective mussier or mussiest
  1. untidy or disordered
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Derived Formsmussily, adverbmussiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mussy


"rumpled," 1859, from muss + -y (2). Related: Mussiness.

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