What does MESS mean?

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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"

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

  9. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mess

    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.]

  2. Mess

    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.]

  3. Mess

    mes, n.=mass.—Mess John, a domestic chaplain.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MESS in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MESS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Daily Beast:

    She was a mess.

  2. Matthew Gump:

    What the mess!!!!

  3. Jef Versele:

    It was quite a mess.

  4. Marge Ahrens:

    It's a complete mess.

  5. Greg Duckworth:

    It's a real mess down here.

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