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messy

[mes-ee] /ˈmɛs i/
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
1835-1845
1835-45; mess + -y1
Related forms
messiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for messiness

messy

/ˈmɛsɪ/
adjective messier, messiest
1.
dirty, confused, or untidy
Derived Forms
messily, adverb
messiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for messiness

messy

adj.

1843, "untidy," from mess (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use ("unethical") by 1924. Related: Messily; messiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for messiness

messy

adjective
  1. Confused; chaotic; fucked up
  2. Nasty; dirty: There'll be a lot of messy publicity about this (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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