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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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