Adjective "Messy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Untidy or dirty.
  1. 'Zach looks just like my dad, he's got these big brown eyes, and messy black hair that is all over the place.'
  2. 'He has the same almond eyes, the same thin face, the same messy dirty blonde hair, everything.'
  3. 'He's tall, has olive skin, a beautiful physique and messy brown hair.'
  4. 'All she wanted was Tommie with his stupid, messy purple hair and dirty shoes and goofy smile.'
  5. 'He had messy dirty blonde hair, too, but his eyes were chocolate brown instead of dark green.'
  6. 'As for her dirty top and messy hair, there would not be anything inconspicuous about that.'
  7. 'His hair was very messy and dirty, since he only got to bathe about once a fortnight and he never got to brush it.'
  8. 'They have been getting messy with paints and glue to help raise funds and bring happiness to children through the Make a Wish Foundation.'
  9. 'Her dark hair was tousled and messy and her eyes were red and puffy.'
  10. 'It's still alive in the messy hair and dirty jeans of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.'
  11. 'stripping wallpaper can be a messy, time-consuming job'
  12. 'Consider yourself lucky that you don't have to slay a dragon, a rather messy sort of job.'
  13. 'However, due to the pain in her shoulder and the sheer quantity of the blood, she had made a rather messy job of it.'
  14. 'They had to keep the ink wells filled - a messy job for those who didn't have a very steady hand.'
  15. 'I am tackling a fairly big, unrewarding and messy job this weekend: moving the compost bin in my garden down to my allotment.'
  16. 'They did pay me for the washing powder, but it was a messy job in the winter when the fields were muddy!'
  17. 'By definition, it's a messy job for the sorters, and anything in a plastic bag goes straight to landfill.'
  18. 'This above all was a messy and time consuming task that would have been done nearer the source of iron and away from the town.'
  19. 'Now why did he get the hot bath and shampoo from Amanda when I got the messy job?'
  20. 'It's a messy job but the sight of a brown delicious kernel makes it all worthwhile.'
(of a situation) confused and difficult to deal with.
  1. 'Those of you who have messy case interiors will benefit from the neatness round cables provide.'
  2. 'He established his unique company five years ago to deal with the aftermath of messy death.'
  3. 'Occasionally it will throw up a great line but the change will take it away to messy confusion.'
  4. 'If I made a mistake, picked the wrong guy or ended up in a messy situation, then I dealt with it.'
  5. 'He wanted to avoid a messy divorce and to carry on affairs with mistresses.'
  6. 'I am not surprised that we are dealing with this bill in such a messy way.'
  7. 'These are messy and difficult questions, and we can expect to wrestle with them for years to come.'
  8. 'It could also have said that break-up would have been messy, unworkable and difficult to get through the courts.'
  9. 'Otherwise, the situation could easily become much more messy and contentious.'
  10. 'It is messy and confusing and contradictory to look at the world situation.'


1. characterized by a dirty, untidy, or disordered condition: a messy room.

2. causing a mess: a messy recipe; messy work.

3. embarrassing, difficult, or unpleasant: a messy political situation.

4. characterized by moral or psychological confusion.

More examples(as adjective)

"parks can be messy with things."

"cases can be messy in ways."

"scenes can be messy at points."

"places can be messy for plans."

"minds can be messy with results."

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