There are 2 translations of mess in Spanish:

mess1

Pronunciation: /mes/

n

  • 1 1.1 (no pl) (untidiness, disorder) desorden (m), revoltijo (m) what a mess! ¡qué desorden! tidy up this mess! ¡arregla este desorden! the bedroom was (in) a mess el dormitorio estaba todo desordenado or [familiar/colloquial] patas para arriba my hair is a mess [colloquial/familiar] tengo el pelo hecho un desastre the pair of them look a mess [colloquial/familiar] los dos van muy desarreglados or desastrados her toys were in a mess all over the floor tenía todos los juguetes desparramados por el suelo he's a good cook, but he makes such a mess in/of the kitchen cocina bien, pero deja la cocina hecha un desastre or un asco you can play here, but don't make any mess puedes jugar aquí, pero no desordenes nada 1.2 (no pl) (dirt, soiling) to make a mess (of sth) ensuciar algo you've made a mess of your new shirt te has ensuciado la camisa nueva 1.3 u (excrement) (BrE) [colloq & euph], caca (f) [familiar/colloquial] dog's/cat's mess caca de perro/gato [familiar/colloquial]
  • 2 (no pl) (confused, troubled state) she's in such a mess, she has huge debts está metida en un verdadero lío, tiene deudas enormes their marriage was (in) a mess su matrimonio andaba muy mal the country is (in) a complete mess la situación del país es caótica my life's a mess mi vida es un desastre to get into a mess meterse en un lío to get sb out of a mess sacar* a algn de un lío or de un apuro to make a mess of sth/-ing you made a real mess of this job hiciste muy mal este trabajo she made a real mess of her life se arruinó la vida he made a mess of fixing the car arregló muy mal el coche
  • 3 c [Mil] officers' mess casino (m) or comedor (m) de oficiales
  • 4 (no pl) (large quantity) (AmE) [colloquial/familiar], montón (m) a whole mess of friends un montón or la tira de amigos [familiar/colloquial], pilas de amigos (AmS) [familiar/colloquial]

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There are 2 translations of mess in Spanish:

mess2

vi

  • 1 1.1 (waste time) [colloquial/familiar] tontear off to bed now, kids, and no messing! a la cama, chicos ¡y sin tontear! or ¡y nada de tonterías! she told him straight out and no messing se lo dijo directamente or sin rodeos or [familiar/colloquial] de golpe y porrazo 1.2 (excrete) (BrE) [colloq & euph] the dog messed on the carpet el perro ensució la alfombra [eufemismo/euphemism]
  • 2 [Mil] comer el rancho

vt

Phrasal verbs

mess about

(BrE)

mess around

[colloquial/familiar]
v + adv 1.1 (misbehave) [children] hacer* travesuras, tontear she found out he'd been messing around descubrió que había tenido líos or enredos con otras he started messing around with drugs empezó a meterse con drogas 1.2 (fiddle, waste time) I was just messing around with some friends andaba por ahí ganduleando con unos amigos he enjoys messing around in boats le gusta entretenerse or pasar el tiempo navegando she didn't mess around: she told him straight out no se anduvo con vueltas; se lo dijo sin más [familiar/colloquial] 1.3 (interfere)to mess around (with sth/sb) they keep messing around with the arrangements cambian los planes una y otra vez stop messing around with my things! ¡deja mis cosas tranquilas! don't mess around with me no juegues conmigo, no me tomes el pelo [familiar/colloquial] 1.1v + o + adv (BrE) 2.1 (treat inconsiderately) don't mess me around: are you going to come or not? no me fastidies or decídete de una vez ¿vienes o no? [familiar/colloquial] he messed us around over the date nos cambió mil veces la fecha he messed me around so much that I left him jugó conmigo de tal manera, que lo dejé 2.2 (muddle) armar un lío con [familiar/colloquial]

mess up

v + o + adv, v + adv + o 1.1 (make untidy) desordenar, desarreglar 1.2 (make dirty) ensuciar 1.3 (spoil) [plans] estropear, arruinar; [life] destrozar*, arruinar; [machine] estropear, descomponer* (AmL) 1.1v + adv (AmE) [colloquial/familiar], echarlo todo a perder, embarrarla (AmS) [familiar/colloquial]

mess with

v + prep + o [colloquial/familiar]
1.1 (make untidy) desordenar, desarreglar 1.2 (provoke) meterse con [familiar/colloquial] I wouldn't mess with him yo no me metería con él [familiar/colloquial] 1.3 (sexually) tener* líos or enredos con

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