Mess

Definition of Mess

Pronunciation: mĕs
n.1.Mass; church 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.
3.A set of four; - from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
4.The milk given by a cow at one milking.
5.A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it.
v. i.1.To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.
[imp. & p. p. Messed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Messing.]
v. t.1.To supply with a mess.
2.To make a mess{5} of; to disorder or muddle; to muss; to jumble; to disturb; to mess up.
It was n't right either to be messing another man's sleep.
- Scribner's Mag.

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