Translation of "mess" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun [ no plural ] uk /mes/ us /mes/

B1 a place or thing that is dirty or untidy

The house is in a mess.
He makes such a mess in the kitchen.

a situation in which there are a lot of problems

She told me that her life was a mess.

(Translation of “mess” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /mes/

a state of disorder or confusion; an untidy, dirty or unpleasant sight or muddle

desastre, enredo, lío
This room is in a terrible mess!
She looked a mess
The spilt food made a mess on the carpet.
messy adjective (comparative messier, superlative messiest)


a messy job.
messily adverb

con poco esmero, descuidadamente
messiness noun

mess-up noun

(informal) a muddle or state of confusion

lío, follón, enredo
There has been a mess-up in the timetable.
make a mess of

to make dirty, untidy or confused

ensuciar, desordenar
The heavy storm has made a real mess of the garden.

to do badly

He made a mess of his essay.

to spoil or ruin (eg one’s life)

arruinar, estropear
He made a mess of his life by drinking too much.
mess about/around phrasal verb

to behave in a foolish or annoying way

fastidiar, molestar
The children were shouting and messing about.

to work with no particular plan in a situation that involves mess

I love messing about in the kitchen.

(with with) to meddle or interfere with

desarreglar, desordenar
Who’s been messing about with my papers?

to upset or put into a state of disorder or confusion

The wind messed her hair about.
mess up phrasal verb

to spoil; to make a mess of

desordenar, ensuciar
Don’t mess the room up!

(Translation of “mess” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)