mess

mess [mes]
n.
[ME messe < OFr mes < L missus, a course (at a meal), orig. pp. of mittere, to send, put: see MISSION]
1. a portion or quantity of food for a meal or dish
2. a portion of soft or semiliquid food, as porridge
3. unappetizing food; disagreeable concoction
4.
a) a group of people who regularly have their meals together, as in the army
b) the meal eaten by such a group
c) the place where it is eaten
5. a disorderly or confused collection or mass of things; jumble; hodgepodge
6.
a) a state of embarrassment, trouble, difficulty, or confusion; muddle
b) a state of being disorderly, untidy, or dirty
c) Informal a person in either of these states
7. Informal a messy or disorderly place or condition [the house is a mess!]
vt.
1. to supply meals to
2. to make a mess of; specif., to make dirty, soiled, or untidy; also, to bungle; muddle; botch: often with up
vi.
1. to eat as one of a MESS (sense 4a)
2. to make a mess
3. to putter (with)
4. to meddle (in or with)
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☆ mess around or mess about
1. to be busy in a desultory way; putter around
2. Informal to become involved ( with)

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