Definitions for MESSmɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a dirty or untidy condition.

  2. a person or thing that is dirty, untidy, or disordered.

  3. a state of confusion.

  4. an unpleasant or difficult situation.

  5. a dirty or untidy mass:

    a mess of papers.

  6. a group regularly taking their meals together.

  7. the meal so taken.

  8. Ref: mess hall.

  9. a quantity of food sufficient for a dish or a single occasion.

  10. sloppy or unappetizing food.

  11. a dish or quantity of soft or liquid food.

  12. a person whose life, mental state, or affairs are in a state of confusion.

  13. (v.t.)to make dirty or untidy (often fol. by up):

    Don't mess up the room.

  14. to make a mess or muddle of (affairs, responsibilities, etc.) (often fol. by up).

  15. (v.i.)to make a mess.

  16. to eat in company, esp. as a member of a mess.

  17. mess around or about, to busy oneself aimlessly; waste time. to involve oneself, esp. for reprehensible purposes: to have sexual affairs; philander.

    to mess around with gamblers.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  18. mess in or with, to intervene officiously; meddle.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  19. mess up, to perform poorly; produce errors or confusion. to treat roughly; beat up.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

Origin of mess:

1250–1300; ME mes < OF: a course at a meal < LL missus what is sent (i.e., put on the table), n. use of ptp. of L mittere to send

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mess, messiness, muss, mussiness(noun)

    a state of confusion and disorderliness

    "the house was a mess"; "she smoothed the mussiness of the bed"

  2. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish(noun)

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"

  3. mess(noun)

    soft semiliquid food

    "a mess of porridge"

  4. mess(noun)

    a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel

  5. mess, mess hall(noun)

    a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax

  6. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad(verb)

    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"

  7. mess(verb)

    eat in a mess hall

  8. mess, mess up(verb)

    make a mess of or create disorder in

    "He messed up his room"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mess(noun)ɛs

    the state of being dirty or not neat

    I can't live in this mess.; His room is always such a mess.; Please try not to make a mess.

  2. messɛs

    to be unable to control your emotions

    After he died, I was a mess.

  3. mess(verb)ɛs

    to behave in a foolish, immature way

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mess(noun)

    mass; church service

  2. Mess(noun)

    a quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time

  3. Mess(noun)

    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; as, the wardroom mess

  4. Mess(noun)

    a set of four; -- from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner

  5. Mess(noun)

    the milk given by a cow at one milking

  6. Mess(noun)

    a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it

  7. Mess(verb)

    to take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers

  8. Mess(verb)

    to supply with a mess


  1. Mess

    A mess is the place where military personnel socialise, eat, and live. In some societies this military usage has extended to other disciplined services eateries such as civilian fire fighting and police forces. The root of mess is the Old French mes, "portion of food", drawn from the Latin verb mittere, meaning "to send" and "to put", the original sense being "a course of a meal put on the table". This sense of mess, which appeared in English in the 13th century, was often used for cooked or liquid dishes in particular, as in the "mess of pottage". By the 15th century, a group of people who ate together was also called a mess, and it is this sense that persists in the "mess halls" of the modern military.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MESS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1869

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MESS' in Nouns Frequency: #1805

Anagrams of MESS

  1. Mses.

Translations for MESS

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a state of disorder or confusion; an untidy, dirty or unpleasant sight or muddle

This room is in a terrible mess!; She looked a mess; The spilt food made a mess on the carpet.

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