messiness

messy

[mes-ee]
adjective, messier, messiest.
1.
characterized by a dirty, untidy, or disordered condition: a messy room.
2.
causing a mess: a messy recipe; messy work.
3.
embarrassing, difficult, or unpleasant: a messy political situation.
4.
characterized by moral or psychological confusion.

Origin:
1835–45; mess + -y1

messiness, noun
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messy (ˈmɛsɪ)
 
adj , messier, messiest
dirty, confused, or untidy
 
'messily
 
adv
 
'messiness
 
n

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messy
"untidy," 1843, from mess + -y (2).
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