Definitions for: Mess


[n] a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
[n] a meal eaten by service personnel
[n] soft semiliquid food; "a mess of porridge"
[n] (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"
[n] informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
[n] a state of confusion and disorderliness; "the house was a mess"; "she smoothed the mussiness of the bed"
[v] make a mess of or create disorder in; "He messed up his room"
[v] eat in a mess; in the military



Webster (1913) Definition: Mess, n.
Mass; church service. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Mess, n. [OE. mes, OF. mets, LL. missum, p. p. of mittere
to put, place (e. g., on the table), L. mittere to send. See
Mission, and cf. Mass religious service.]
1. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision
of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of
pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time.

At their savory dinner set Of herbs and other
country messes. --Milton.

2. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is
prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or
naval service who eat at the same table; as, the wardroom
mess. --Shak.

3. A set of four; -- from the old practice of dividing
companies into sets of four at dinner. [Obs.] --Latimer.

4. The milk given by a cow at one milking. [U.S.]

5. [Perh. corrupt. fr. OE. mesh for mash: cf. muss.] A
disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a
situation resulting from blundering or from
misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it. [Colloq.]


Mess, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Messed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Messing.]
To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with
others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers. --Marryat.


Mess, v. t.
To supply with a mess.


Mess, v. t.
To make a mess of; to disorder or muddle; to muss; to jumble;
to disturb.

It was n't right either to be messing another man's
sleep. --Scribner's
Mag.

Synonyms: batch, deal, fix, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, hole, jam, kettle of fish, lot, mass, mess hall, mess up, messiness, mickle, mint, muckle, muddle, muss, mussiness, peck, pickle, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew

See Also: aliment, alimentation, deluge, difficulty, dining room, diningroom, disarray, disorder, disorder, disorderliness, dog's breakfast, dog's dinner, eat, flood, inundation, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, meal, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, officer's mess, repast, sustenance, torrent, training table, victuals

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