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phrasal verb British informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theymess around
he/she/itmesses around
present participlemessing around
past tensemessed around
past participlemessed around

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 2
    [intransitive] to spend time doing things in a relaxed way

    We spent the weekend messing around on John's boat.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] to waste time doing things that are not important

    There's no point messing around. Let's start now.

    not mess around:

    They don't mess around, do they? I ordered the book yesterday and it's already here.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to try to change or repair something, especially when this is unnecessary or unsuccessful
    mess around with:

    He'll spend hours messing around with that motorcycle.

  4. 5
    [intransitive] to have sex or a sexual relationship with someone, especially when you should not
    mess around with:

    Diane's been messing around with a married man.

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