"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[mes-ee] /ˈmɛs i/
adjective, messier, messiest.
characterized by a dirty, untidy, or disordered condition:
a messy room.
causing a mess:
a messy recipe; messy work.
embarrassing, difficult, or unpleasant:
a messy political situation.
characterized by moral or psychological confusion.
Origin of messy
1835-45; mess + -y1
Related forms
messiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for messy
  • Such fibers are both light-colored and messy, and so towhead can refer to someone with light or messy hair.
  • Mixing from the repeated use of the fire pit may or may not explain the messy order.
  • In other words, the truism that more information is always better proved untrue when life got a little messy.
  • And often, the only way to do it is to get messy ourselves.
  • Blossoms are followed by attractive cream-and-red seed capsules that drop and can be messy on paving.
  • Home brewing tends to be a deliciously messy and involved process.
  • Not surprisingly, given the chaotic auction process, the final outcome is messy.
  • It also allows for a messy bed to be kept out of sight.
  • As you sit down in your tiny, messy cube, fluorescent lights buzz overhead.
  • More than a business threat, the site has raised messy copyright issues and drawn the ire of established publishers.
British Dictionary definitions for messy


adjective messier, messiest
dirty, confused, or untidy
Derived Forms
messily, adverb
messiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for messy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for messy


  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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for messy

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for messy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with messy

Nearby words for messy