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mess

 (mĕs)
n.
1.
a. A cluttered, untidy, usually dirty place or condition: The kitchen was a mess.
b. Something that is disorderly or dirty, as a accumulation or heap: Who left the mess on the kitchen floor?
2.
a. A confused, troubling, or embarrassing condition or situation: With divorce and bankruptcy proceedings pending, his personal life was in a mess.
b. One that is in such a condition: They made a mess of their marriage. Her boyfriend is a real mess.
3.
a. An amount of food, as for a meal, course, or dish: cooked up a mess of fish.
b. A serving of soft, semiliquid food: a mess of porridge.
4.
a. A group of people, usually soldiers or sailors, who regularly eat meals together.
b. Food or a meal served to such a group: took mess with the enlistees.
c. A mess hall.
v. messed, mess·ing, mess·es
v.tr.
To make disorderly or dirty: The wind has messed your hair. The puppy messed the floor.
v.intr.
1. To cause or make a mess.
2. To intrude; interfere: messing in the neighbors' affairs.
3. To take a meal in a military mess.
Phrasal Verbs:
mess around (or about)
1. To pass time aimlessly or frivolously.
2. To associate casually or playfully: liked to mess around with pals on days off.
3. To be sexually unfaithful.
mess up
1. To botch; bungle: messed up the entire project.
2. To make a mistake, especially from nervousness or confusion: messed up and dropped the ball.
3. Slang To beat up; manhandle: got messed up in a brawl.
4. To cause to be confused or troubled: The divorce really messed him up.
mess with
1. To use or handle something carelessly; fiddle: messed with the remote until he broke it.
2. To fight or get into conflict with: I wouldn't mess with him—he knows judo.
3. To tease or play a joke on: Don't let that remark bother you—she's just messing with you.

[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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.mess up - make a mess of, destroy or ruinmess up - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
go wrong, miscarry, fail - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
2.mess up - disturb the smoothness ofmess up - disturb the smoothness of; "ruffle the surface of the water"
disarrange - destroy the arrangement or order of; "My son disarranged the papers on my desk"
3.mess up - make a mess of or create disorder inmess up - make a mess of or create disorder in; "He messed up his room"
disarray, disorder - bring disorder to

mess

noun
1. A group of things gathered haphazardly:
3. A ruinous state of disorder:
Informal: hash.
Slang: screwup, snafu.
4. An unsightly object:
Informal: fright, sight, ugly.
5. An individual quantity of food:
verb
1. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
Informal: monkey.
2. To put (the hair or clothes) into a state of disarray.Also used with up:
phrasal verb
mess around
1. Informal. To waste time by engaging in aimless activity:
Informal: fool around.
2. Informal. To be nervously or uselessly active:
3. Informal. To be sexually unfaithful to another:
phrasal verb
mess up
1. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
2. To put into total disorder:
Slang: snafu.
4. Slang. To be rough or brutal with:
knock about (or around), manhandle, rough (up), slap around.
Translations
يُخْطِئُيُفْسِد، يُسَبِّب الفَوْضى
obrátit vzhůru nohamazpackat
lave uorden iødelægge
sotkea
uništiti
rendetlenséget csinál
setja á annan endann, umturna
散らかす
망쳐놓다
obrátiť hore nohami
stöka till
ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง
kirletmekaltını üstüne getirmek
làm rối tung

w>mess up

vt sepdurcheinanderbringen; (= make dirty)verdrecken; (= botch, bungle)verpfuschen, verhunzen (inf); marriagekaputt machen (inf), → ruinieren; life, personverkorksen (inf); person (as regards looks) → übel zurichten; missing the connection messed up the whole journeydadurch, dass wir den Anschluss verpassten, lief die ganze Reise schief; her visit really messed me up (inf)ihr Besuch hat mir wirklich alles vermasselt (inf); that’s really messed things updas hat wirklich alles verdorben or vermasselt (inf)

mess

(mes) noun
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.
verb
(with with) to meddle, or to have something to do with. She's always messing with the television set.
ˈmessy adjective
dirty. a messy job.
ˈmessily adverb
ˈmessiness noun
ˈmess-up noun
a muddle or state of confusion. There has been a mess-up in the timetable.
make a mess of
1. to make dirty, untidy or confused. The heavy rain has made a real mess of the garden.
2. to do badly. He made a mess of his essay.
3. to spoil or ruin (eg one's life). He made a mess of his life by drinking too much.
mess about/around
1. to behave in a foolish or annoying way. The children were shouting and messing about.
2. to work with no particular plan in a situation that involves mess. I love messing about in the kitchen.
3. (with with) to meddle or interfere with. Who's been messing about with my papers?
4. to upset or put into a state of disorder or confusion. The wind messed her hair about.
mess up
to spoil; to make a mess of. Don't mess the room up!

mess up

يُخْطِئُ zpackat ødelægge verpfuschen κάνω άνω κάτω echar a perder, estropear sotkea mettre en désordre uništiti scompigliare 散らかす 망쳐놓다 in de war sturen skitne til nabałaganić estragar испортить(ся) stöka till ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง kirletmek làm rối tung 搞糟
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