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Definition of messy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (messier, messiest)
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  1. 1dirty and/or not neat synonym chaotic The house was always messy. The children got really messy playing in the woods.
  2. 2making someone or something dirty and/or not neat It was a messy job.
  3. 3(of a situation) unpleasant, confused, or difficult to deal with The divorce was painful and messy.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: messy