Mess - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |mes|  American pronunciation of the word mess
Brit.  |mes|  British pronunciation of the word mess


- a state of confusion and disorderliness (syn: muss)
the house was a mess
- informal terms for a difficult situation (syn: fix, hole, jam, muddle, pickle)
- soft semiliquid food
a mess of porridge
- a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel
- a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
- (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent (syn: batch, deal, flock, heap, lot, mass, mint, mountain, peck, pile, plenty, pot, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, wad)


- eat in a mess hall
- make a mess of or create disorder in (syn: mess up)
He messed up his room

Extra examples

He was a mess after gardening all day.

My hair is a mess.

Well, that's another fine mess you've gotten me into!

How do we get ourselves into these messes?

The school system is a mess.

Things were a real mess for a while after she retired.

My life is a complete mess.

She was a real mess for a while after her divorce.

He was a mess during his daughter's wedding ceremony.

...please don't mess with me while I'm trying to concentrate...

Your room is in a mess.

The workmen cleaned up the mess before they left.

They will go to mess and live together like soldiers in a camp.

Try not to mess up your new dress before the party.

She really messed up my life.

Phrasal verbs

mess up  — make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Word forms

I/you/we/they: mess
he/she/it: messes
present participle: messing
past tense: messed
past participle: messed
singular: mess
plural: messes
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