Synonyms of mess in English:

mess


See definition of mess

noun

1‘please clear up the mess in the kitchen’

SYNONYMS

untidiness, disorder, disarray, clutter, heap, shambles, litter, tangle, jumble, muddle, mishmash, chaos, confusion, disorganization, turmoil

informal muck, fright, sight

British informal dog's breakfast, dog's dinner, tip

2‘there was cat mess all over the room’

SYNONYMS

excrement, dung, muck, faeces, excreta, dirt

3‘I've got to get out of this mess’

SYNONYMS

plight, predicament, emergency, tight spot, tight corner, difficulty, straits, trouble, quandary, dilemma, problem, muddle, mix-up, confusion, complication, imbroglio, entanglement, mire

informal jam, fix, pickle, stew, hot water, hole, fine kettle of fish, pretty kettle of fish, scrape

4‘what a mess he made of the project’

SYNONYMS

muddle, botch, bungle, wreck

informal hash, muck, foul-up, screw-up

British informal cock-up, shambles, omnishambles, car crash

North American informal snafu

vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up


Phrases

    make a mess of

      ‘she felt she had made a complete mess of her life’

      SYNONYMS

      mismanage, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, mess up, mar, spoil, ruin, wreck

      informal

      make a hash of, muff, muck up, foul up, screw up, bitch up

      British informal

      make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, make a Horlicks of, cock up

      vulgar slang

      balls up, bugger up, fuck up

    mess about/around

      SYNONYMS

      potter about, amuse oneself, pass the time, do nothing very much, fiddle about, fiddle around, footle about, footle around, play about, play around, fool about, fool around

      fidget, toy, trifle, tamper, tinker, interfere, meddle, monkey, monkey about, monkey around

      informal

      piddle about, piddle around

      British informal

      muck about, muck around, lark, lark about, lark around, fanny about, fanny around

      vulgar slang

      frig about, frig around, fuck about, fuck around

      British vulgar slang

      piss about, piss around, arse about, arse around, bugger about, bugger around

    mess something up

      1‘he had completely messed up my kitchen’

      SYNONYMS

      dirty, befoul, litter, besmirch, pollute

      clutter up, disarrange, jumble, throw into confusion, throw into disorder, muss, dishevel, rumple, tumble

      mess

      2‘Eddie has messed things up’

      SYNONYMS

      bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, make a mess of, mismanage, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, mar, spoil, ruin, mangle, wreck

      informal

      make a hash of, muff, muck up, foul up, screw up, bitch up

      British informal

      make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, make a Horlicks of, cock up

      vulgar slang

      balls up, bugger up, fuck up