mess, messiness, muss, mussiness(noun)
a state of confusion and disorderliness
"the house was a mess"; "she smoothed the mussiness of the bed"
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"
soft semiliquid food
"a mess of porridge"
a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel
mess, mess hall(noun)
a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
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"
eat in a mess hall
mess, mess up(verb)
make a mess of or create disorder in
"He messed up his room"
mass; church service
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
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
a set of four; -- from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner
the milk given by a cow at one milking
a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it
to take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers
to supply with a mess
Origin: [OE. mes, OF. mets, LL. missum, p. p. of mittere to put, place (e. g., on the table), L. mittere to send. See Mission, and cf. Mass religious service.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mes, n. a mixture disagreeable to the sight or taste: a medley: disorder: confusion.—v.t. to make a mess of: to muddle.—adj. Mess′y, confused, untidy. [A form of mash.]
mes, n. a dish or quantity of food served up at one time: a number of persons who take their meals together at the same table, esp. in the army and navy: the take of fish at one time.—v.t. to supply with a mess.—v.i. to eat of a mess: to eat at a common table. [O. Fr. mes (Fr. mets), a dish—L. mittĕre, missum, to send, in Low L. to place.]
mes, n.=mass.—Mess John, a domestic chaplain.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'MESS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1869
Rank popularity for the word 'MESS' in Nouns Frequency: #1805
The numerical value of MESS in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of MESS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's okay if you mess up. You should give yourself a break.
The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.
If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
The president made the mess. He doesn't seem to be a willing partner to work with in finding solutions to the mess he's made.
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Translations for MESS
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- garbuixCatalan, Valencian
- messe, rodDanish
- Messe, DurcheinanderGerman
- desorden, leoneraSpanish
- messe, fouillis, chenis, gâchis, foutoir, bordelFrench
- összevisszaság, zűrzavar, rendetlenségHungarian
- խառնաշփոթ, անկարգությունArmenian
- rovina, sconquasso, macello, percorso ad ostacoli, casino, messa, confusioneItalian
- უწესრიგობა, უსიამოვნებაGeorgian
- gebedsdienst, zootje, mis, dienst, puinhoopDutch
- missa, bagunçaPortuguese
- барда́к, пу́таница, ме́сиво, ме́сса, беспоря́докRussian
- mässa, röraSwedish
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