Definition of messy in English:

messy

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsi
 
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adjective (messier, messiest)

  • 2(Of a situation) confused and difficult to deal with: a messy divorce
    More example sentences
    • It's a messy situation that needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis, but I think it was right not to automatically inform the parent.
    • If I made a mistake, picked the wrong guy or ended up in a messy situation, then I dealt with it.
    • A source said the time: The situation is really messy with Pearl and Gavin refusing to talk.
    Synonyms
    chaotic, convoluted, complex, intricate, tangled, tortuous, confused, confusing, difficult; unpleasant, nasty, bitter, acrimonious, spiteful

Derivatives

messily

adverb
More example sentences
  • In order for any such dispute to conclude, there has got to be a resolution of a contest between those who speak for the neatly ideal and those who speak for the messily real.
  • It was the same way she used to fill in coloring books: quickly, messily, veering out of the lines.
  • But by the time it actually hit the screen in the autumn, the new media bubble had burst as messily as an over-inflated squirrel.

messiness

noun
More example sentences
  • Despite the messiness inherent in natural systems, evolution has produced ‘machines of extreme perfection,’ to use Darwin's felicitous phrase.
  • She has reporters eating out of her hand - at a pre-Olympic press conference she admitted her biggest vice was messiness, adding ‘you should see my bedroom’.
  • Its very casualness, its unfinishedness and downbeat messiness give the affair the feeling of real life, which by a further paradox makes it more engaging than something more obviously dramatic.

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