One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘messy oil spills and grease marks’
dirty, filthy, grubby, soiled, grimy, begrimed
mucky, muddy, slimy, sticky, sullied, spotted, stained, smeared, smudged, tarnished
dishevelled, blowsy, scruffy, rumpled, matted, unkempt, tousled, bedraggled, tangled, slapdash, slovenly
British informal gungy
2‘a messy kitchen’
disorderly, disordered, muddled, in a muddle, chaotic, confused, disorganized, in disarray, in turmoil, disarranged
untidy, cluttered, littered, in a jumble, jumbled
informal like a bomb's hit it
British informal shambolic
3‘a messy legal battle’
chaotic, convoluted, complex, intricate, tangled, tortuous, confused, confusing, difficult
unpleasant, nasty, bitter, acrimonious, spiteful
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