from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disorderly and dirty: a messy bedroom.
  • adj. Exhibiting or demonstrating carelessness: messy reasoning.
  • adj. Unpleasantly difficult to settle or resolve: a messy court case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. in a disorderly state; chaotic; disorderly.
  • adj. prone to causing mess.
  • adj. difficult or unpleasant to deal with

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. dirty and disorderly


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mess +‎ -y.



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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