Definition of messy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmesi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmesi//
    (messier, messiest)
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  1. 1dirty and/or untidy synonym chaotic The house was always messy. The children got really messy playing in the woods. (North American English) Her long black hair was messy and dirty.
  2. 2making somebody/something dirty and/or untidy It was a messy job.
  3. 3(of a situation) unpleasant, confused or difficult to deal with The divorce was painful and messy.
  4. Extra examples The whole situation got rather messy. How did the place get so messy? On his desk was a messy pile of notes and drawings. Painting can be a messy job. Sorry it’s a bit messy in here. The children got really messy painting and gluing. The house always looked messy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: messy