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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.
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Quotes of mess

  1. Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. – Willa Cather
  2. I bring to my life a certain amount of mess – Kitty O'Neill Collins
  3. Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess – Charles Caleb Colton
  4. Around my own friends, I like to mess around. – Robert Duvall
  5. If only Tammy knew how much I really cared about her. She has nothing to do with any of this mess – Jessica Hahn
  6. In fact, the bandits steal the drinks and assistance provided along the course. Worse, they cross the finish line and mess up the scoring of legitimate runners. – Joe Henderson
  7. Selling eight million copies of your first album will mess you up. – Don Henley
  8. I like someone who is a little crazy but coming from a good place. I think scars are sexy because it means you made a mistake that led to a mess – Angelina Jolie
  9. I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess you know. – James Earl Jones
  10. I think I 'turn off' women. I've a kind of a weird personality. Women may think that I'm a mess – Ed O'Neill
  11. So many cartoonists draw the same year after year. When they find a style, they stick with it. They don't mess with innovation, and they become boring. – Pat Oliphant
  12. Love is a mess at best, and I figure it can be very real in spite of all the things people try to attach to it. – Sean Penn
  13. Digital imaging allows both groups to rise above the limitations of mess and clutter and mechanics, and apply our talents to creating images limited only by our imaginations. – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  14. The only thing I can talk about is just forgiving yourself, because I do not have everything together. And so I tell people: No, you should see my house, it's a mess – Susan Sarandon
  15. The United Nations is a mess riddled with scandals. In fact, the U. N. itself is a scandal. – Ginny B. Waite

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

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