From Middle English mes, partly from Old English mēse, mēose (“table”); and partly from Old French mes, Late Latin missum, from mittō (“to put, place (e.g. on the table)”). See mission, and compare Mass (“religious service”).
mess (plural messes)
- (obsolete) Mass; a church service.
- (archaic) A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes.
- A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common, especially military personnel who eat at the same table.
- the wardroom mess
- A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Latimer to this entry?)
- (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
- (intransitive) To take meals with a mess.
- (intransitive) To belong to a mess.
- (intransitive) To eat (with others).
I mess with the wardroom officers.
- (transitive) To supply with a mess.
- A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
He made a mess of it.
My bedroom is such a mess, I need to tidy up.
- (colloquial) A large quantity or number.
My boss dumped a whole mess of projects on my desk today.
She brought back a mess of fish to fix for supper.
- (euphemistic) Excrement.
There was dog mess all along the street.
Parked under a tree, my car was soon covered in birds' mess.
- (figuratively) A person in a state of (especially emotional) turmoil or disarray; an (emotional) wreck.
Between the pain and the depression, I'm a mess.
He's been a mess and a half ever since you excommunicated him.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:mess.
- see also Thesaurus:disorder
- (transitive) To make a mess of.
- (transitive) To throw into confusion.
- Scribner's Magazine
- It wasn't right either to be messing another man's sleep.
- Scribner's Magazine
- (intransitive) To interfere.
This doesn't concern you. Don't mess.
mess m (genitive singular mess, plural messyn)
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.