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messy

adjective uk   /ˈmes.i/ us  

messy adjective (DIRTY/UNTIDY)

B1 untidy: a messy kitchen messy hands/hair His bedroom's always messy.Dirty and untidy producing or causing dirt and untidiness: Eating spaghetti can be a messy business. Vicky cooks really well but she's rather messy.Dirty and untidy

messy adjective (SITUATION)

describes a situation that is confused and unpleasant: A war will be a long and messy business. They had a bitter, messy divorce.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
messily
adverb uk   /-ɪ.li/ us  
Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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