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Definition of messy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    messy

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈmɛsi//
     
    (messier, messiest)
     
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  1. 1 dirty and/or not neat synonym chaotic The house was always messy. The children got really messy playing in the woods.
  2. 2 making 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