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adjective British English pronunciation: messy /ˈmesi/ 
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adjectivemessy
comparativemessier
superlativemessiest
  1. 2
    complicated, difficult, and unpleasant to deal with

    Politics has always been a messy business.

    a messy divorce/relationship

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messily

adverb

messiness

noun [uncountable]

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