Definitions of mess

  1. ( often followed by ` of') a large number or amount or extent; " a batch of letters"; " a deal of trouble"; " a lot of money"; " he made a mint on the stock market"; " it must have cost plenty"
  2. eat in a mess; in the military
  3. a ( large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
  4. a meal eaten by service personnel
  5. soft semiliquid food; " a mess of porridge"
  6. a state of confusion and disorderliness; " the house was a mess"; " she smoothed the mussiness of the bed"
  7. make a mess of or create disorder in; " He messed up his room"
  8. eat in a mess hall
  9. Mass; church service.
  10. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
  11. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table; as, the wardroom mess.
  12. The milk given by a cow at one milking.
  13. A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it.
  14. To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat ( with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.
  15. To supply with a mess.
  16. To make a mess of; to disorder or muddle; to muss; to jumble; to disturb.
  17. A number of things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed together; a collection of articles which naturally complement each other, and usually go together; an assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc.
  18. A set of four; - from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
  19. A number of persons who eat together, especially soldiers or sailors; the army and navy name for any meal; a state of dirt or confusion; a muddle; a botch.
  20. To eat together; to putter; to make a muddle.
  21. To furnish with food; to soil; colloquially, to muddle; as, he messed the job.
  22. A mixture disagreeable to the sight or taste: a medley: disorder: confusion.
  23. A dish or quantity of food served up at one time: a number of persons who eat together, esp. in the army and navy.
  24. To eat of a mess: to eat at a common table.
  25. A service or dish of food; persons who eat together; disagreeable mixture; embarrassment.
  26. To eat at a common table.
  27. To provide for at a mess; belong to a mess.
  28. A meal.
  29. A number of persons who eat together, as on board ship.
  30. A state of disorder; confusion.
  31. A dish or a quantity of food served up at one time; a number of persons who eat together, as amongst sailors and soldiers.
  32. A confused mixture; a state of dirt and confusion; confusion.
  33. To dirty.
  34. To eat; to eat in company, as seamen.
  35. A dish of food; a quantity of food prepared for a certain number of persons; a mixed mass; in the army and navy, a number of persons who eat together.
  36. To eat together at a common table; to supply with a mess.
  37. A mixture disagreeable to the sight or taste; untidiness; disorder; a situation of distress or difficulty.

Usage examples for mess

  1. Now see what a mess I'm in." – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  2. If this isn't a pretty mess – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  3. Tom Robinson is out of the mess – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  4. I remember so distinctly the first time you told it to us at mess how we did laugh, to be sure! – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  5. It's a shame he has been dragged into a mess like this, that may affect him in ways that he doesn't suspect. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  6. Anyway, it's a mess all round. – Joe Wilson and His Mates by Henry Lawson
  7. Our mess consisting of Capt. – In and Out of Rebel Prisons by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  8. Well, it served me right; I might have expected it; I might have guessed the truth, had I given it a moment's thought; but I put my trust in you, Sidney, and a nice mess I have made of it! – Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) by Frederick William Robinson
  9. I'm sure it doesn't make a great mess – Milly and Olly by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. And going further- for he could not help doing that- what was to be the end of the mess – In And Out by Edgar Franklin
  11. There was a Dutchman in my mess by the name of Lamalfa, who understood but little of English. – California 1849-1913 or the Rambling Sketches and Experiences of Sixty-four Years' Residence in that State. by L. H. Woolley
  12. You've made a mess of things. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  13. " Well, the truth of it is, I'm in an awful mess – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  14. The breakfast was a mess when Britt arrived, a half hour late. – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  15. En a mighty nice mess Darkess gwine ter make un it! – Nights With Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
  16. Didn't seem natural t' be stewin' in a mess o' hate like that. – Every Man for Himself by Norman Duncan
  17. Then, Mother, there's a dance tonight in the mess hall. – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  18. A nice mess Edie made of things. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  19. I hope that I will be lucky enough to escape from this horrible mess for up to now I have always been lucky. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  20. You'm makin' a mess o't- an' I thought 'ee so very clever. – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch