Definition of messiness in US English:



  • See messy

    • ‘Technocrats and policy experts refined their planning grids while the real world, ungrateful in its messiness, declined to perform as the charts and the binders said it should.’
    • ‘Despite the messiness inherent in natural systems, evolution has produced ‘machines of extreme perfection,’ to use Darwin's felicitous phrase.’
    • ‘She has reporters eating out of her hand - at a pre-Olympic press conference she admitted her biggest vice was messiness, adding ‘you should see my bedroom’.’
    • ‘Its very casualness, its unfinishedness and downbeat messiness give the affair the feeling of real life, which by a further paradox makes it more engaging than something more obviously dramatic.’
    • ‘Otto is physically disgusted by debris and messiness.’