Definition of mess about/around in English:

mess about/around

1Behave in a silly or playful way: he lay there snoring so I thought he was messing about and told him to get up
More example sentences
  • 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: messing about in boats
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
potter about, amuse oneself, pass the time, do nothing very much, fiddle about/around, footle about/around, play about/around, fool about/around;
fidget, toy, trifle, tamper, tinker, interfere, meddle, monkey (about/around)
British informal muck about/around, lark (about/around), fanny about/around
vulgar slang frig about/around, fuck about/around
See parent entry: mess

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