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mess·y

 (mĕs′ē)
adj. mess·i·er, mess·i·est
1.
a. Disorderly and dirty: a messy bedroom.
b. Given to making messes; not neat or organized: a messy roommate.
2. Exhibiting or demonstrating carelessness: messy reasoning.
3. Unpleasantly difficult to settle or resolve: a messy court case.

mess′i·ly adv.
mess′i·ness n.

messy

(ˈmɛsɪ)
adj, messier or messiest
dirty, confused, or untidy
ˈmessily adv
ˈmessiness n

mess•y

(ˈmɛs i)

adj. mess•i•er, mess•i•est.
1. characterized by dirt, disorder, or confusion.
2. causing a mess.
3. embarrassing, difficult, or unpleasant.
[1835–45]
mess′i•ly, adv.
mess′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.messy - dirty and disorderlymessy - dirty and disorderly; "a mussy fussy bedroom"; "a child's messy eating habits"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"

messy

adjective
1. disorganized, sloppy (informal), untidy, slovenly She was a good, if messy, cook.
2. dirty, grubby, grimy, scuzzy (slang, chiefly U.S.), skanky (slang) The work tends to be messy, so wear old clothes.
4. dishevelled, ruffled, untidy, rumpled, bedraggled, unkempt, tousled, uncombed She's just an old woman with very messy hair.
5. confusing, difficult, complex, confused, tangled, chaotic, tortuous Life is a messy and tangled business

messy

adjective
1. Marked by an absence of cleanliness and order:
2. Indifferent to correctness, accuracy, or neatness:
3. Lacking regular or logical order:
Translations
غَيْر مُرَتَّب، مُتَّسِم بالقَذارَهفَوْضَوِيٌ
nepořádnýšpinavý
beskidtrodet
sotkuinen
neuredan
sóîalegur
取り散らかした
지저분한
razmetanumazan
rörig
ซึ่งไม่เรียบร้อยและสกปรก
lộn xộn

messy

[ˈmesɪ] ADJ (messier (compar) (messiest (superl)))
1. (= creating mess) [person] → desordenado; [animal, activity, job] → sucio
he's such a messy eaterlo deja todo perdido or lo ensucia todo cuando come
2. (= dirty, untidy) [place, room] → desordenado; [clothes] → desarreglado, desordenado; [hair] → despeinado
"this is a messy piece of work," said the teacher-la presentación de este trabajo es un desastre -dijo el profesor
she was penalized for messy workla castigaron por presentar un trabajo sucio y descuidado
3. (= confused and awkward) [situation, divorce, relationship] → turbio, turbulento; [process, dispute] → enrevesado, complicado
she is locked in a messy legal battle with her landlordestá metida en un pleito muy enrevesado con su casero

messy

[ˈmɛsi] adj
(= dirty) → salissant(e)
a messy job → un travail salissant
(= untidy) [place] → en désordre; [work] → peu soigné(e)
Your desk is really messy → Ton bureau est vraiment en désordre.
Her work tends to be a bit messy → Son travail a tendance a être assez peu soigné.
This first coat of paint looks messy → Cette première couche de peinture n'a pas l'air très soignée.
My writing is terribly messy
BUT J'ai une écriture de cochon.
[person] → désordonné(e)
She's so messy! → Elle est tellement désordonnée!
(= difficult) [situation, process] → embrouillé(e)

messy

adj (+er)
(= dirty)dreckig, schmutzig; (= untidy)unordentlich; messy writingfürchterliche Klaue (inf); he’s a messy eaterer kann nicht ordentlich essen, er isst wie ein Schwein
(fig) situationverfahren; (= confused)durcheinander; (= unpleasant)unschön; process, relationshipschwierig; disputeunschön; their divorce was a messy business, they had a messy divorceihre Scheidung war eine unerfreuliche Angelegenheit

messy

[ˈmɛsɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (dirty, clothes) → sporco/a; (job) → che insudicia; (untidy) → disordinato/a; (confused, situation) → ingarbugliato/a

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!

messy

فَوْضَوِيٌ nepořádný rodet unordentlich ακατάστατος desordenado sotkuinen désordonné neuredan disordinato 取り散らかした 지저분한 rommelig rotete brudny bagunçado, trapalhão грязный rörig ซึ่งไม่เรียบร้อยและสกปรก kirli lộn xộn 凌乱的

messy

a. revuelto-a, desordenado-a, sucio-a.
References in classic literature ?
Instead of legitimately extending telephone lines into communities that had none, these promoters proceeded to inflict the messy snarl of an overlapping system upon whatever cities would give them permission to do so.
I had been forced to loosen my grasp on expectation; and, but an hour ago, had sunk slackly under the discouraging thought that the current of life, and the impulse of destiny, had swept her for ever from my reach; and, behold, while bending suddenly earthward beneath the pressure of despondency--while following with my eyes the track of sorrow on the turf of a graveyard--here was my lost jewel dropped on the tear-fed herbage, nestling in the messy and mouldy roots of yew-trees.
At the first dawn of the morning we closed all the messy shutters of our old building; lighting a couple of tapers which, strongly perfumed, threw out only the ghastliest and feeblest of rays.
Then he holds his candle before a richly engraved picture of the Saviour, done on a messy slab of gold, and wonderfully rayed and starred with diamonds, which hangs above the hole within the altar, and his solemnity changes to lively admiration.
He had carried Tinker Bell part of the way, and his hand was still messy with the fairy dust.
Fortunately, as we have mentioned, one of his hands was messy with it, and he blew some on each of them, with the most superb results.
A sample of this curious messy mixture he encountered nearer home.
It promised to be a messy passage, even if we did make it in the two or three days that would have been required if the southeast trades had been blowing fresh.
All the same, life runs smoothly enough with some people, and with me it's always a messy sort of patchwork.
The sudden view of the sea from the messy, pine-covered height directly above it where we picnic; the wonderful stretch of lonely shore with the forest to the water's edge; the coloured sails in the blue distance; the freshness, the brightness, the vastness--all is lost upon the picnickers, and made worse than indifferent to them, by the perpetual necessity they are under of fighting these horrid creatures.
Burnt corks they use mostly--though 'tis messy getting it off again.
All materials and aprons will be provided but participants are advised to wear suitable clothing as the activity is going to be messy.