Definition of mess around/about in English:

mess around/about

  • 1Behave in a silly or playful way, especially so as to cause irritation.
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    • Well I just thought it was silly girls messing about, that they had been drinking or something so I didn't think twice about it.
    • We rang and messed around, recording silly messages of witty retorts to various ‘players’.
    • The excitement was infectious and the adults too were to be seen sniggering over silly things, and messing about, being boys again.
  • 1.1Spend time doing something in a pleasantly desultory way, with no definite purpose or serious intent: messing about in boats
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    • Two years later, McCaleb is retired, popping 34 pills a day and spending his time messing around in a boat.
    • Also, I had spent a happy childhood messing about in boats on the Solent.
    • You know, I wrote a story about some children who spent their time messing about in boats in the Lake District.
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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
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elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody