Mess meaning

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Mess is defined as to create a dirty or untidy situation.

An example of mess is to throw eggs at a car.

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A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).

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A portion of soft or semiliquid food, as porridge.
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Unappetizing food; disagreeable concoction.
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A disorderly or confused collection or mass of things; jumble; hodgepodge.
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A messy or disorderly place or condition.

The house is a mess!

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To supply meals to.
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To eat as one of a mess.
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To meddle (in or with)
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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.

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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.

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(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
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(intransitive) To take meals with a mess.
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(intransitive) To belong to a mess.
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(intransitive) To eat (with others).

I mess with the wardroom officers.

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To supply with a mess.
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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.

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(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.

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(euphemistic) Excrement.

There was dog mess all along the street.

Parked under a tree, my car was soon covered in birds' mess.

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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.

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To make disorderly or dirty.

The wind has messed your hair. The puppy messed the floor.

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To cause or make a mess.
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To intrude; interfere.

Messing in the neighbors' affairs.

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To take a meal in a military mess.
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A portion or quantity of food for a meal or dish.
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To make a mess of.
  • To make dirty, soiled, or untidy.
  • To bungle; muddle; botch.
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To putter (with)
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mess around
  • to be busy in a desultory way; putter around
  • to become involved (with)
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mess up
  • to make a mess, as by ineptitude; bungle
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of mess

  • 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

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps a corruption of Middle English mesh (“for mash"), compare muss.

    From Wiktionary