Main definitions of messer in English

: Messer1messer2

Messer1

noun

archaic
  • A title of courtesy prefixed to the first name (sometimes with the surname also) of an Italian man (equivalent to the English Mr).

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Painter (?1540–1594), translator and administrator. From Italian messere, (before a title) messer, title of respect given to persons of importance, especially jurors, notaries, etc. from French mes sire.

Pronunciation

Messer

/ˈmɛsə/

Main definitions of messer in English

: Messer1messer2

messer2

noun

  • 1A person who makes a mess, or who messes about; a muddler, a bungler.

  • 2Irish English and US. A troublemaker, a thug.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From mess + -er.

Pronunciation

messer

/ˈmɛsə/