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mess

noun

1 mess

A state of confusion and disorderliness:
— The house was a mess.

synonyms: messiness, muss, mussiness.

Roget 41: mixture, admixture, commixture, commixtion; commixion, intermixture, alloyage, matrimony; junction etc. 43; combination etc. 48; ... show more

Roget 59: disorder; derangement etc. 61; irregularity; anomaly etc. (unconformity) 83; anarchy, anarchism; want of method; untidiness ... show more

Roget 298: eating etc. v.; deglutition, gulp, epulation, mastication, manducation, rumination; gluttony etc. 957.    [eating specific foods] ... show more

Roget 732: failure; nonsuccess, nonfulfillment; dead failure, successlessness; abortion, miscarriage; brutum fulmen etc. 158 [Lat.]; labor in vain etc. (inutility) 645; ... show more

Dutch: wanorde, augiasstal, beestenbende, beestenboel, bende, janboel, kankerzooi, keet, klerezooi, prulleboel ... show more
Polish: sajgon, bałagan



2 mess

Informal terms for a difficult situation.

synonyms: fix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, muddle, pickle.

Roget 704: difficulty; hardness etc. adj.; impracticability etc. (impossibility) 471; tough work, hard work, uphill work; hard task, Herculean task, ... show more

Dutch: opstopping, repareren, jam, gaatje

3 mess

Soft semiliquid food.

4 mess

A meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel.

Dutch: gebedsdienst

5 mess

A (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax.

synonym: mess hall.

Dutch: mis
Polish: kasyno

6 mess

often followed by `of' A large number or amount or extent.

synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mickle ... show more.

Roget 786: apportionment, allotment, consignment, assignment, appointment; appropriation; dispensation, distribution; division, deal; repartition, partition; administration.    dividend, ... show more

Dutch: bende, berg, boel, bom, bulk, bups, een groot aantal, hoop, kluit, kwak ... show more
Polish: legion, zastęp, armia, tabun

verb

1 mess

Eat in a mess hall.

2 mess

Make a mess of or create disorder in:
— He messed up his room.

synonym: mess up.

Dutch: kledderen, kliederen, klodderen, overhoophalen


Moby thesaurus: C ration, Chinese puzzle, Gordian knot, K ration, Rube Goldberg contraption, all sorts, allotment, allowance, amount, arsy-varsiness, assemblage, assortment, baboon, bad job, bag, batch, befoul, befuddlement, benasty, bevue ... show more.

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