Definition of "mess" []

  • A disorderly or dirty accumulation, heap, or jumble: left a mess in the yard. (noun)
  • A cluttered, untidy, usually dirty condition: The kitchen was a mess. (noun)
  • A confused, troubling, or embarrassing condition; a muddle: With divorce and bankruptcy proceedings pending, his personal life was in a mess. (noun)
  • One that is in such a condition: clothes that were a mess after painting the ceiling; made a mess of their marriage. (noun)
  • An amount of food, as for a meal, course, or dish: cooked up a mess of fish. (noun)
  • A state of confusion or untidiness, esp if dirty or unpleasant (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A chaotic or troublesome state of affairs; muddle (noun)
  • A dirty or untidy person or thing (noun)
  • A portion of food, esp soft or semiliquid food (noun)
  • A place where service personnel eat or take recreation (noun)
  • A group of people, usually servicemen, who eat together (noun)
  • The meal so taken (noun)
  • To muddle or dirty (verb)
  • To make a mess (verb)
  • To interfere; meddle (verb)
  • To group together, esp for eating (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "mess" in a sentence
  • "By this time our daily mess of food had become a _mess_ in every sense."
  • "And cleaning up his mess is a tough duty that I think nobody could instantly fix. 7 months in his admin. and we've seen so drastic changes."
  • "Take the ball and run with it this mess is all yours! annie s"