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Synonyms for mess



mess about or around: potter about


  • potter about
  • dabble
  • amuse yourself
  • footle
  • fool about or around
  • muck about or around
  • piss about or around
  • play about or around

mess about or around: meddle


mess something up: botch


  • botch
  • bungle
  • make a hash of
  • make a nonsense of
  • make a pig's ear of
  • cock something up
  • fuck something up
  • muck something up
  • muddle something up

mess with something or someone

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Synonyms for mess

a ruinous state of disorder

an unsightly object

an individual quantity of food

to handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively

to put (the hair or clothes) into a state of disarray

mess around: to waste time by engaging in aimless activity

mess around: to be nervously or uselessly active

mess around: to be sexually unfaithful to another

mess up: to put into total disorder

mess up: to be rough or brutal with


The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Synonyms for mess

a state of confusion and disorderliness

informal terms for a difficult situation

a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel

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

make a mess of or create disorder in


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