messy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"messy" in British English

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messyadjective

uk   us   /ˈmes.i/

messy adjective (DIRTY/UNTIDY)

B1 untidy: a messy ​kitchen messy ​hands/​hair His bedroom's always messy. producing or ​causingdirt and ​untidiness: Eating ​spaghetti can be a messy ​business. Vicky ​cooks really well but she's messy.
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messy adjective (SITUATION)

used to ​describe a ​situation that is ​confused and ​unpleasant: A ​war will be a ​long and messy business. They had a ​bitter, messy ​divorce.
messily
adverb uk   us   /-ɪ.li/
(Definition of messy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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messyadjective

 us   /ˈmes·i/
dirty, ​unpleasant, or ​lackingorder: I ​hate a messy ​kitchen. A messy ​situation is one that is ​confused and ​unpleasant: He’s got a messy ​personallife.
(Definition of messy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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