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Pronunciation: /mes/

Translation of mess in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (no plural/sin plural) (untidiness, disorder) desorden (masculine), revoltijo (masculine) what a mess! ¡qué desorden! tidy up this mess! ¡arregla este desorden! the bedroom was (in) a mess el dormitorio estaba todo desordenado or [colloquial/familiar] 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
    Example sentences
    • Go to Paddy's shed to avoid making a mess of the kitchen.
    • Each time you host a party at home, it's a total mess in the kitchen due to last minute preparations.
    • The kitchen is a mess and I walked in, took one look around and walked out.
    1.2 (no plural/sin plural) (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 uncountable/no numerable (excrement) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], [euphemistic/eufemístico], caca (feminine) [colloquial/familiar] dog's/cat's mess caca de perro/gato [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Police say he is responsible for pushing dog mess through letterboxes, smashing windows, damaging cars, pelting people with eggs and assaulting other youngsters.
    • According to a couple who spoke to Coun Kaye about dog mess, he told them as he left: ‘You can't educate the working class.’
    • One said that the problem of dog mess had been overshadowed by abandoned condoms, empty alcohol containers and remnants of glue sniffing, which had been left of the recreation field.
  • 2 (no plural/sin plural) (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 countable/numerable [Military/Militar] officers' mess casino (masculine) or comedor (masculine) de oficiales
    Example sentences
    • The building will also house a mess room, locker rooms, kitchen, offices and an education suite complete with computer and reference books.
    • You can assign me to clean the latrine or peel potatoes in the army mess, and I will be deriving a science out of it.
    • They were often blamed for eating all the sandwiches before the other officers returned to mess at night.
  • 4 (no plural/sin plural) (large quantity) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], montón (masculine) a whole mess of friends un montón or la tira de amigos [colloquial/familiar], pilas de amigos (South America/América del Sur) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • A mess of us will convene in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International.
    • Although there are some truly enjoyable moments, The Last Kiss is generally a mess of stories and lacks the heart that makes a romantic movie so memorable.
    • I've eaten at Kam Han several times recently, both at lunch and dinner, as well as having ordered a mess of takeout, and the food has generally been very good.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 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 [colloquial/familiar] de golpe y porrazo 1.2 (excrete) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] [euphemistic/eufemístico] the dog messed on the carpet el perro ensució la alfombra [euphemistic/eufemístico]
  • 2 [Military/Militar] comer el rancho

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

Phrasal verbs

mess about

(British English/inglés británico)
mess around

mess around

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 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 [colloquial/familiar] 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 [colloquial/familiar] 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (British English/inglés británico) 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? [colloquial/familiar] 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 [colloquial/familiar]

mess up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (make untidy) desordenar, desarreglar 1.2 (make dirty) ensuciar 1.3 (spoil) [plans] estropear, arruinar; [life] destrozar*, arruinar; [machine] estropear, descomponer* (Latin America/América Latina) 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], echarlo todo a perder, embarrarla (South America/América del Sur) [colloquial/familiar]

mess with

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

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