- The definition of a mess is a dirty or disorderly condition or a cluttered, untidy situation.
- An example of mess is a bedroom full of moldy food cartons.
- An example of mess is a kitchen sink full of dirty dishes.
- Mess is defined as to create a dirty or untidy situation.
An example of mess is to throw eggs at a car.
This closet is a mess.
- a portion or quantity of food for a meal or dish
- a portion of soft or semiliquid food, as porridge
- unappetizing food; disagreeable concoction
- a group of people who regularly have their meals together, as in the army
- the meal eaten by such a group
- the place where it is eaten
- a disorderly or confused collection or mass of things; jumble; hodgepodge
- a state of embarrassment, trouble, difficulty, or confusion; muddle
- a state of being disorderly, untidy, or dirty
- ☆ Informal a person in either of these states
- Informal a messy or disorderly place or condition: the house is a mess!
Origin of messMiddle English messe ; from Old French mes ; from Classical Latin missus, a course (at a meal), origin, originally past participle of mittere, to send, put: see mission
- to supply meals to
- to make a mess of; specif., to make dirty, soiled, or untidy; also, to bungle; muddle; botch: often with up
- to eat as one of a mess (sense )
- to make a mess
- to putter (with)
- to meddle (in or with)
mess aroundor mess about☆
- to be busy in a desultory way; putter around
- Informal to become involved (with)
- a. A cluttered, untidy, usually dirty place or condition: The kitchen was a mess.b. Something that is disorderly or dirty, as a accumulation or heap: Who left the mess on the kitchen floor?
- a. A confused, troubling, or embarrassing condition or situation: With divorce and bankruptcy proceedings pending, his personal life was in a mess.b. One that is in such a condition: They made a mess of their marriage. Her boyfriend is a real mess.
- a. An amount of food, as for a meal, course, or dish: cooked up a mess of fish.b. A serving of soft, semiliquid food: a mess of porridge.
- a. A group of people, usually soldiers or sailors, who regularly eat meals together.b. Food or a meal served to such a group: took mess with the enlistees.c. A mess hall.
verbmessed, mess·ing, mess·es
- To cause or make a mess.
- To intrude; interfere: messing in the neighbors' affairs.
- To take a meal in a military mess.
Origin of messMiddle English mes, course of a meal, food, group of people eating together, from Old French, from Late Latin missus, from Latin, past participle of mittere, to place.
- A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
- A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
- the wardroom mess
- A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
(third-person singular simple present messes, present participle messing, simple past and past participle messed)
- A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
- He made a mess of it.
- My bedroom is such a mess, I need to tidy up.
- (colloquial) A large quantity or number.
- My boss dumped a whole mess of projects on my desk today.
- She brought back a mess of fish to fix for supper.
- (euphemistic) Excrement.
- There was dog mess all along the street.
- Parked under a tree, my car was soon covered in birds' mess.