Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “messy”

messy

adjective (SITUATION)    /ˈmes.i/
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     /-ɪ.li/ adverb Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of messy adjective (SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of messy

More definitions for “messy”

Definitions of “messy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More