Meaning of “messy” in the English Dictionary

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uk /ˈmes.i/ us /ˈmes.i/

messy adjective (DIRTY/UNTIDY)

B1 untidy:

a messy kitchen
messy hands/hair
His bedroom's always messy.

producing or causing dirt and untidiness:

Eating spaghetti can be a messy business.
Vicky is a really good cook but she's messy.

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adverb uk /ˈmes.əl.i/ us /ˈmes.əl.i/

(Definition of “messy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈmes·i/

dirty, unpleasant, or lacking order:

I hate a messy kitchen.

A messy situation is one that is confused and unpleasant:

He’s got a messy personal life.

(Definition of “messy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)