mess: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mes), [key]
- a dirty, untidy, or disordered condition: The room was in a mess.
- a person or thing that is dirty, untidy, or disordered.
- a state of embarrassing confusion: My affairs are in a mess.
- an unpleasant or difficult situation: She got into a mess driving without a license.
- a dirty or untidy mass, litter, or jumble: a mess of papers.
- a group regularly taking their meals together.
- the meal so taken.
- a quantity of food sufficient for a dish or a single occasion: to pick a mess of sweet corn for dinner.
- a sloppy or unappetizing preparation of food.
- a dish or quantity of soft or liquid food: to cook up a nice mess of pottage.
- a person whose life or affairs are in a state of confusion, esp. a person with a confused or disorganized moral or psychological outlook.
- to make dirty or untidy (often fol. by up): Don't mess the room.
- to make a mess or muddle of (affairs, responsibilities, etc.) (often fol. by up): They messed the deal.
- to supply with meals, as military personnel.
- to treat roughly; beat up (usually followed by up): The gang messed him up.
- to eat in company, esp. as a member of a mess.
- to make a dirty or untidy mess.
- or His wife accused him of messing around with gamblers.
- Informal.to busy oneself without purpose or plan; work aimlessly or halfheartedly; putter.
- Informal.to waste time; loaf.
- Informal.to meddle or interfere.
- Informal.to involve or associate oneself, esp. for immoral or unethical purposes:His wife accused him of messing around with gamblers.
- Slang.to trifle sexually; philander.
- orto intervene officiously; meddle: You'll get no thanks for messing in the affairs of others.
- She messed up on the final exam.
- to make dirty, untidy, or disordered.
- to make muddled, confused, etc.; make a mess of; spoil; botch.
- to perform poorly; bungle:She messed up on the final exam.
- mess (Thesaurus)