Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Disorderly and dirty.
  • adjective Given to making messes; not neat or organized.
  • adjective Exhibiting or demonstrating carelessness.
  • adjective Unpleasantly difficult to settle or resolve.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a state of mess, confusion, ordirtiness; making a mess; littered or littering; untidy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a place in a disorderly state; chaotic; disorderly.
  • adjective of a person prone to causing mess.
  • adjective of a situation difficult or unpleasant to deal with

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective dirty and disorderly

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mess +‎ -y.

Examples

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  • "Being in the VIP tent at the races isn't all it's cracked up to be. You have to small talk the company clients when all you really want to do is get messy with your mates."

    - flatmate, July 2011.

    July 14, 2012