Definition of messy in English:



  • 1Untidy or dirty.

    ‘his messy hair’
    • ‘He's tall, has olive skin, a beautiful physique and messy brown hair.’
    • ‘Her wavy brown hair was messy, tangled, and pulled into a sloppy ponytail at the nape of her neck.’
    • ‘The game began to descend into a scrappy affair with play the balls getting messy and players getting confrontational.’
    • ‘Rushing to get dress and to pack her things Rebecca race out the door with messy hair and untidy clothing.’
    • ‘As for her dirty top and messy hair, there would not be anything inconspicuous about that.’
    • ‘The last one to exit was a young boy with wildly messy dirty blond hair.’
    • ‘Because my hair got messy during changing, I used her full-length mirror to pat it back in place.’
    • ‘It's still alive in the messy hair and dirty jeans of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.’
    • ‘She was met face to face with a guy who had thick messy dirty blonde hair and blue eyes that sparkled with laughter.’
    • ‘All she wanted was Tommie with his stupid, messy purple hair and dirty shoes and goofy smile.’
    • ‘He had messy dirty blonde hair, too, but his eyes were chocolate brown instead of dark green.’
    • ‘A short plump pirate with an eye patch over his right eye, messy hair and a tangled beard.’
    • ‘Zach looks just like my dad, he's got these big brown eyes, and messy black hair that is all over the place.’
    • ‘His blonde hair, normally messy but in a totally fake way, was tousled in the true sense of the word.’
    • ‘His usual perfectly spiked dirty blonde hair was messy and it exaggerated his sharp features.’
    • ‘Her dark hair was tousled and messy and her eyes were red and puffy.’
    • ‘He was basically wild anyway, with his tangled and messy dark brown hair and those eyes.’
    • ‘His hair was very messy and dirty, since he only got to bathe about once a fortnight and he never got to brush it.’
    • ‘He has the same almond eyes, the same thin face, the same messy dirty blonde hair, everything.’
    • ‘They have been getting messy with paints and glue to help raise funds and bring happiness to children through the Make a Wish Foundation.’
    dirty, filthy, grubby, soiled, grimy, begrimed
    disorderly, disordered, muddled, in a muddle, chaotic, confused, disorganized, in disarray, in turmoil, disarranged
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    1. 1.1 Generating or involving mess.
      ‘stripping wallpaper can be a messy, time-consuming job’
      • ‘Coal and wood fires smell wonderful but are messy and time-consuming.’
      • ‘Moreover, a rodent capture still leaves behind the messy job of killing the creature and burying the evidence.’
      • ‘They were good, but frying them was always so messy and time consuming that the wonton phase was a short one.’
      • ‘If you're a messy eater, try to place your bag outside the arc of spray emanating from your plate.’
      • ‘By definition, it's a messy job for the sorters, and anything in a plastic bag goes straight to landfill.’
      • ‘This above all was a messy and time consuming task that would have been done nearer the source of iron and away from the town.’
      • ‘They had to keep the ink wells filled - a messy job for those who didn't have a very steady hand.’
      • ‘Now why did he get the hot bath and shampoo from Amanda when I got the messy job?’
      • ‘It was a sticky and messy job, thanks to the humid weather and three long days of not taking a bath.’
      • ‘It is quite simply the most boring job on earth - but at least it isn't messy like on the kill floor.’
      • ‘It's a messy job but the sight of a brown delicious kernel makes it all worthwhile.’
      • ‘However, due to the pain in her shoulder and the sheer quantity of the blood, she had made a rather messy job of it.’
      • ‘Digging in the pit was a job set aside for slaves since it was obviously a messy job.’
      • ‘It saves you messing about putting other materials on the hooklength which can be messy and time consuming.’
      • ‘I am tackling a fairly big, unrewarding and messy job this weekend: moving the compost bin in my garden down to my allotment.’
      • ‘They did pay me for the washing powder, but it was a messy job in the winter when the fields were muddy!’
      • ‘Do a slightly messy job to prove you didn't buy salmon fillets at the fish shop on the way home.’
      • ‘Consider yourself lucky that you don't have to slay a dragon, a rather messy sort of job.’
  • 2(of a situation) confused and difficult to deal with.

    ‘a messy divorce’
    • ‘Anyway, I wasn't sad to see the end of this, but it wasn't a messy divorce.’
    • ‘He wanted to avoid a messy divorce and to carry on affairs with mistresses.’
    • ‘If I made a mistake, picked the wrong guy or ended up in a messy situation, then I dealt with it.’
    • ‘The Queen (by virtue of a messy divorce case nearly 500 years ago) is indeed the head of the church.’
    • ‘It's a messy situation that needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis, but I think it was right not to automatically inform the parent.’
    • ‘A source said the time: The situation is really messy with Pearl and Gavin refusing to talk.’
    • ‘Those of you who have messy case interiors will benefit from the neatness round cables provide.’
    • ‘It is messy and confusing and contradictory to look at the world situation.’
    • ‘Since then it's all become very messy and increasingly nasty too.’
    • ‘They will accept freedom under whatever messy circumstances history offers.’
    • ‘I am not surprised that we are dealing with this bill in such a messy way.’
    • ‘It was a pity he would have her blood on his hands - if someone tried to connect her untimely death to him, it would be a messy situation indeed.’
    • ‘These are messy and difficult questions, and we can expect to wrestle with them for years to come.’
    • ‘However, this technique is imprecise and can be messy and difficult to accomplish.’
    • ‘Occasionally it will throw up a great line but the change will take it away to messy confusion.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the situation could easily become much more messy and contentious.’
    • ‘Indeed, we are going to have to retrain US diplomats to deal with messy states.’
    • ‘It could also have said that break-up would have been messy, unworkable and difficult to get through the courts.’
    • ‘He established his unique company five years ago to deal with the aftermath of messy death.’
    • ‘The protestations lead to arguments and the situation got a bit messy.’
    chaotic, convoluted, complex, intricate, tangled, tortuous, confused, confusing, difficult
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