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English definition of “messed up”

messed up

adjective     /ˌmestˈʌp/ slang
unhappy and emotionally confused : She was really messed up as a teenager . [before noun] messed-up kids Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind
(Definition of messed up adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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