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English noun: mess

1. mess (state) a state of confusion and disorderliness


SamplesThe house was a mess.
She smoothed the mussiness of the bed.


Synonymsmessiness, muss, mussiness


Broader (hypernym)disorder, disorderliness

2. mess (state) informal terms for a difficult situation


SamplesHe got into a terrible fix.
He made a muddle of his marriage.


Synonymsfix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, muddle, pickle


Broader (hypernym)difficulty


Narrower (hyponym)dog's breakfast, dog's dinner

3. mess (food) soft semiliquid food


SamplesA mess of porridge.


Broader (hypernym)aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals

4. mess (food) a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel


Broader (hypernym)meal, repast

5. mess (artifact) a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax


Synonymsmess hall


Broader (hypernym)dining room, dining-room


Narrower (hyponym)officer's mess


Part holonymtraining table


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

6. mess (quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent


SamplesA batch of letters.
A deal of trouble.
A lot of money.
He made a mint on the stock market.
See the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos.
It must have cost plenty.
A slew of journalists.
A wad of money.


Synonymsbatch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad


Broader (hypernym)large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)deluge, flood, haymow, inundation, torrent


English verb: mess

1. mess (consumption) eat in a mess hall


ExamplesSam and Sue mess


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)eat


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. mess (change) make a mess of or create disorder in


SamplesHe messed up his room.


Synonymsmess up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disarray, disorder









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