Messy definition and meaning

Messy definition: A messy person or activity makes things dirty or untidy. | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples

Definition of ’messy’

Word Frequency


messy


(


m

ɛ

si



)

Word forms:


messier


,


messiest


1.


adjective

A

messy

person or activity makes things dirty or not

neat

.


She was a good, if messy, cook.


2.


adjective

Something that is

messy

is dirty or not neat.


Don’t worry if this first coat of paint looks messy.


3.


adjective

If you describe a situation as

messy

, you are emphasizing that it is confused or complicated, and therefore unsatisfactory.


John had been through a messy divorce himself.


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messy


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messy

Word Frequency


messy


in American English


(


ˈmɛsi



)


adjective

Word forms:


ˈmessier


or


ˈmessiest

in,

like

, or

characterized

by a

mess

; untidy, dirty, etc.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Derived forms



messily


(

ˈmessily

)


adverb



messiness


(

ˈmessiness

)


noun

Word Frequency


messy


in American English


(


ˈmesi


)


adjective

Word forms:


messier


,


messiest


1.

characterized by a dirty, untidy, or

disordered


condition
a messy room


2.

causing a mess
a messy recipe
messy work


3.

a messy political situation


4.

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Derived forms


messiness


noun

Word origin


[

1835–45;

mess

+

-y


1


]

Word Frequency


messy


in British English


(


ˈmɛsɪ



)


adjective

Word forms:


messier


or


messiest


Collins English Dictionary

. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Derived forms



messily


(

ˈmessily

)


adverb



messiness


(

ˈmessiness

)


noun

Examples of ‘messy’ in a sentence

messy


Read more…


He is

going

through a messy

divorce

.


The Sun



(

2016

)


So it

looks

a

bit

messy.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


Him’s

parents

have

gone

through a messy divorce and

find

him a bit of a

trial

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


This messy

business


took

place less than a

year


ago

so bitterness is understandable.


The Sun



(

2014

)


The process was neither messy nor

expensive

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2007

)


This was at a time when he was going through a messy and

public

divorce.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)


The only

disappointment

is that it was all a bit messy.


The Sun



(

2006

)


The

collapse

of

empires

has

always

been a

painful

and messy business.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2015

)



Now

it

seems


destined

for a messy divorce.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


It

might

be a bit messy but it

will

be me.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2007

)

Show more…



Growing

up has always been a messy business but these

days

it

can

seem

close

to

intolerable

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2015

)


He is

famous

for messy

desks

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


The process is messy and

costly

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2015

)



Celebrity

divorces are a messy business.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


This was the

really

messy bit.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)



Humanity

is a

pretty

messy business.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)


People

exert

less

self-control

after

seeing

a messy desk than after seeing a

clean

desk.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)


A messy desk can be a

highly


effective

prioritising and

accessing

system.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2015

)


It was dirty and messy, but that wasn’t it.


The Sun



(

2013

)


It is often a time of

immense


upheaval

and

worry

, when your

warm

and

tidy


home

is

turned

into a messy and dirty

building


site

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


It’s a messy, dirty process.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


I am a

superb

, if messy,

cook

.


Bachmann, Susan (editor) & Barth, Melinda


Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook



(

1995

)

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messy

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In other languages

messy


British English

:


messy


ˈmɛsɪ

/

ADJECTIVE

A

messy

person or activity makes things dirty or untidy.
She was a terribly messy cook.


American English

:


messy


ˈmɛsi

/


Arabic

:

فَوْضَوِيٌ


Brazilian Portuguese

:

bagunçado


Chinese

:

凌乱的


Croatian

:

neuredan


Czech

:

nepořádný


Danish

:

rodet


Dutch

:

rommelig


European Spanish

:


desordenado


Finnish

:

sotkuinen


French

:


désordonné


German

:


unordentlich


Greek

:

ακατάστατος


Italian

:


disordinato


Japanese

:

取り散らかした


Korean

:

지저분한


Norwegian

:

rotete


Polish

:

brudny


European Portuguese

:


trapalhão


Romanian

:

dezordonat


Russian

:

грязный


Spanish

:


desordenado


Swedish

:

rörig


Thai

:

ซึ่งไม่มีระเบียบ, ไม่เรียบร้อย, สกปรก


Turkish

:

kirli


Ukrainian

:

неохайний


Vietnamese

:

lộn xộn


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messy

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plane

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gate

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they’re

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