Synonyms of mess in English:



  • 1 please clear up the mess in the kitchen
    untidiness, disorder, disarray, clutter, heap, shambles, litter, tangle, jumble, muddle, mishmash, chaos, confusion, disorganization, turmoil
    informal muck, fright, sight
    British informal dog's dinner/breakfast, tip
  • 2 there was cat mess all over the room
  • 3 I've got to get out of this mess
    plight, predicament, emergency, tight spot, tight corner, difficulty, straits, trouble, quandary, dilemma, problem, muddle, mix-up, confusion, complication, imbroglio, entanglement, mire
    informal jam, fix, pickle, stew, hot water, hole, pretty/fine kettle of fish, scrape
  • 4 what a mess he made of the project
    muddle, botch, bungle, wreck
    informal hash, muck, foul-up, screw-up
    British informal cock-up, shambles, omnishambles
    North American informal snafu
    vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up
  • Phrases

    make a mess of

    she felt she had made a complete mess of her lifemismanagemishandlemisdirectmisgovernmisconductbunglebotchflufffumblemess upmarspoilruinwreck informalmake a hash ofmuffmuck upfoul upscrew upbitch upBritish informalmake a muck ofmake a pig's ear ofmake a Horlicks ofcock up vulgar slangballs upbugger upfuck up


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    mess about/around

    potter aboutamuse oneselfpass the timedo nothing very muchfiddle about/aroundfootle about/aroundplay about/aroundfool about/aroundfidgettoytrifletampertinkerinterferemeddlemonkey (about/around) informalpiddle about/aroundBritish informalmuck about/aroundlark (about/around)fanny about/around vulgar slangfrig about/aroundfuck about/aroundBritish vulgar slangpiss about/aroundarse about/aroundbugger about/around

    mess something up

  • 1 he had completely messed up my kitchen
    dirty, befoul, litter, besmirch, pollute; clutter up, disarrange, jumble, throw into disorder/confusion, muss, dishevel, rumple, tumble
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