To eat as one of a mess.
- to be busy in a desultory way; putter around
- to become involved (with)
- to make a mess, as by ineptitude; bungle
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Origin of Mess
Middle English mes, Old French mets, Late Latin missum, from mittere (“to put, place") (e.g. on the table), Latin mittere (“to send"). See mission, and compare Mass (“religious service").
Middle 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Perhaps a corruption of Middle English mesh (“for mash"), compare muss.
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