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Etymology 1

Middle English mes, Old French mets, Late Latin missum, < mittere (to put, place) (e.g. on the table), [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] mittere (to send). See mission, and compare Mass (religious service).

Noun

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Singular
mess

Plural
es

mess (es)
  1. (obsolete) Mass; church service.
  2. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
    A mess of pottage.
  3. 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.
    The wardroom mess.
  4. A set of four; — from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
  5. (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
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Verb

Infinitive
to mess

Third person singular
messes

Simple past
messed

Past participle
-

Present participle
messing

to mess (third-person singular simple present messes, present participle messing, simple past and past participle messed)
  1. (intransitive) To take meals with a mess.
  2. (intransitive) To belong to a mess.
  3. (intransitive) To eat (with others).
    I mess with the wardroom officers.
  4. (transitive) To supply with a mess.

Etymology 2

Perhaps a corruption of Middle English mesh (for mash), compare muss.

Noun

Singular
mess

Plural
-

mess (-)
  1. A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
    He made a mess of it.
  2. (colloquial) A large quantity or number.
    My boss dumped a whole mess of projects on my desk today.
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Manx

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mess

  1. fruit

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