Definition of messy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmesē/

adjective (messier, messiest)

1Untidy or dirty: his messy hair
More example sentences
  • He has the same almond eyes, the same thin face, the same messy dirty blonde hair, everything.
  • She was met face to face with a guy who had thick messy dirty blonde hair and blue eyes that sparkled with laughter.
  • Rushing to get dress and to pack her things Rebecca race out the door with messy hair and untidy clothing.
dirty, filthy, grubby, soiled, grimy;
mucky, muddy, slimy, sticky, sullied, spotted, stained, smeared, smudged;
disheveled, scruffy, unkempt, rumpled, matted, tousled, bedraggled, tangled
informal yucky, grungy
disorderly, disordered, in a muddle, chaotic, confused, disorganized, in disarray, disarranged;
untidy, cluttered, in a jumble
informal like a bomb's hit it, shambolic
1.1Generating or involving mess or untidiness: stripping wallpaper can be a messy job
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  • Moreover, a rodent capture still leaves behind the messy job of killing the creature and burying the evidence.
  • I am tackling a fairly big, unrewarding and messy job this weekend: moving the compost bin in my garden down to my allotment.
  • By definition, it's a messy job for the sorters, and anything in a plastic bag goes straight to landfill.
2(Of a situation) confused and difficult to deal with: a messy divorce
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  • 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.
complex, intricate, tangled, confused, convoluted;
unpleasant, nasty, bitter, acrimonious



Pronunciation: /ˈmesəlē/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈmesēnəs/
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.

Words that rhyme with messy

Bessie, Crécy, dressy, Jessie, Nessie, tressy
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