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messy

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsi
 
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Definition of messy in English:

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.
Synonyms
mucky, muddy, slimy, sticky, sullied, spotted, stained, smeared, smudged, tarnished;
informal yucky
British informal gungy
disorderly, disordered, muddled, in a muddle, chaotic, confused, disorganized, in disarray, in turmoil, disarranged;
informal like a bomb's hit it
British informal shambolic
1.1Generating or involving mess: stripping wallpaper can be a messy, time-consuming job
More example sentences
  • 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
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

1
adverb
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

2
noun
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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