Translation of mess in Spanish:

mess

desorden, n.

Pronunciation /mɛs//mɛs/

noun

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    • 1.1(untidiness, disorder)

      desorden masculine
      revoltijo masculine
      what a mess! ¡qué desorden!
      • tidy up this mess! ¡arregla este desorden!
      • the bedroom was (in) a mess el dormitorio estaba todo desordenado
      • my hair is a mess tengo el pelo hecho un desastre
      • the pair of them look a mess los dos van muy desarreglados / desastrados
      • her toys were in a mess all over the floor tenía todos los juguetes desparramados por el suelo
      • he's a good cook, but he makes such a mess in/of the kitchen cocina bien, pero deja la cocina hecha un desastre / un asco
      • you can play here, but don't make any mess puedes jugar aquí, pero no desordenes nada
      • A man is sitting in an armchair, papers in an untidy mess strewn all around and a lap-top sits on a coffee table in front of him, blinking in anticipation of future commands.
      • Great Victoria Street is a mess, but the cluster of buildings around the Europa Hotel is a large chunk of the city centre.
      • Residents in Jaywick claim parts of their village are a mess as recycling bags have not been collected for weeks.
      • Each time you host a party at home, it's a total mess in the kitchen due to last minute preparations.
      • On the other hand, if you are the sort who makes a major mess of the kitchen whenever you cook anything or even when you make a cup of tea, then skip the breakfast in bed part.
      • We don't make a mess in the kitchen and we're mostly out of the library anyway.
      • The room was a mess; it was like a robber had been in the place.
      • His room was a complete mess, and it didn't surprise her, but it was still gross all the same.
      • He began to clean his hair, which was a mess of dirty tangles.
      • Soon, her almost naked body was a mess of food grease and sauces.
      • The kitchen is a mess and I walked in, took one look around and walked out.
      • Like mess in a kitchen in a shared house - they just appeared, and I don't know where they came from.
      • Go to Paddy's shed to avoid making a mess of the kitchen.
      • We stocked up on cornflour, hoping it was the same thing, then proceeded to make one hell of a mess all over my kitchen
      • Clothes were ripped and torn, and hair was a mess - just like life.
      • The art of being a successful lazy blighter is to be organised, so the mess which is my reel collection box is only a mess to other people.
      • I don't want to talk to anyone, see anyone, do anything, My hair is a mess.
      • The room was in a mess, and there was already a thin layer of dust on the floor as if no one had cleaned it for several days.
      • It looked a mess, buildings trashed and fires burning all that the townspeople held dear.
      • It's probably because just the other day whilst struggling through the mess of the kitchen cupboard I found the bonnet he gave me.

    • 1.2(dirt, soiling)

      to make a mess (of sth) ensuciar algo
      • you've made a mess of your new shirt te has ensuciado la camisa nueva

    • 1.3British informal euphemistic (excrement)

      caca feminine informal
      dog's/cat's mess caca de perro/gato informal
      • The remaining hounds were staging a ‘static protest’ with their owners, to avoid a mountain of dog mess being produced on the promenade.
      • His catalogue of crimes is appalling: assaults on other children, dog mess through letterboxes, vandalism.
      • One parent was particularly upset after her four-year-old daughter stepped in dog mess on the way to school and then rode her bike over some the next day.
      • Frustrated Kirkby Stephen town councillors have again appealed to the public to help curb the growing problem of littering and dog mess in the area.
      • A quarter of this is spent on cleaning up dog mess.
      • According to a couple who spoke to Coun Kaye about dog mess, he told them as he left: ‘You can't educate the working class.’
      • Cricklade Town Council issued a warning to dog owners after receiving numerous complaints that pavements and grass verges were littered with dog mess.
      • Police say he is responsible for pushing dog mess through letterboxes, smashing windows, damaging cars, pelting people with eggs and assaulting other youngsters.
      • I wish I had a mess of cherries off of our largest tree.
      • Like me, most bereaved people would regard a shrine in a roadside verge, often festooned with litter and dog mess and shrouded in vehicle fumes, as anything but a fitting memorial.
      • If I was to be caught not cleaning up after my dogs, I would be obliged to pay a fine, yet the bins provided for disposing of dog mess are constantly overflowing causing a disgusting stench.
      • The eggs in dog mess are not infectious for at least two weeks and there is no risk for the owners who clear up straight away.
      • At one point, he must have weighed close to two hundred pounds-eyes milky semi-fluid, coat a mess of folds and fatty tumors.
      • Although there are some truly enjoyable moments, The Last Kiss is generally a mess of stories and lacks the heart that makes a romantic movie so memorable.
      • She highlighted two hazards that could easily be removed without the help of any local authorities or without spending any money: dog mess left in the streets and cars parked on the pavements.
      • ‘My children walk to school down that lane and there's nothing worse than standing in dog mess,’ he added.
      • So far she has collected bin bags full of rubbish, including engine oil and rat poison containers, bags of used disposable nappies and dog mess.
      • I've eaten at Kam Han several times recently, both at lunch and dinner, as well as having ordered a mess of takeout, and the food has generally been very good.
      • A new poster campaign, warning that leaving litter and dog mess on the street is an offence, has also gone on display at key poster sites and on the city's Supertram.
      • Since attention has been drawn to dog fouling there has been no dog mess in the verge.
      • Bosses at the council are warning that a number of blitzes have already been carried out around the borough, and owners caught not clearing up their dog mess will be prosecuted.
      • He writes regularly to the council on environmental issues and has now turned lobbyist on the issue that most annoys him - dog mess along Rochdale Canal.
      • The town council asked for the dog warden to spend more time in the town after it received numerous complaints from residents that dog mess was spoiling the environment.
      • One said that the problem of dog mess had been overshadowed by abandoned condoms, empty alcohol containers and remnants of glue sniffing, which had been left of the recreation field.
      • A mess of us will convene in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International.

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    (confused, troubled state)
    she's in such a mess, she has huge debts está metida en un verdadero lío, tiene deudas enormes
    • their marriage was (in) a mess su matrimonio andaba muy mal
    • the country is (in) a complete mess la situación del país es caótica
    • my life's a mess mi vida es un desastre
    • to get into a mess meterse en un lío
    • to get sb out of a mess sacar a algn de un lío / de un apuro
    • to make a mess of sth/-ing
    • you made a real mess of this job hiciste muy mal este trabajo
    • she made a real mess of her life se arruinó la vida
    • he made a mess of fixing the car arregló muy mal el coche
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    Military
    officers' mess comedor de oficiales masculine
    • The trainers were with the trainees almost the full day, beginning with PT in the morning before joining them for breakfast in the mess.
    • All the troops deny fixing anything overtly military and praise the excellent and pre-killed food the mess serves.
    • The building will also house a mess room, locker rooms, kitchen, offices and an education suite complete with computer and reference books.
    • ‘We can opt to eat at the mess or cook our own food at home,’ says Mr. Kamath.
    • You can assign me to clean the latrine or peel potatoes in the army mess, and I will be deriving a science out of it.
    • They were often blamed for eating all the sandwiches before the other officers returned to mess at night.
  • 4US informal

    (large quantity)
    montón masculine
    a whole mess of friends pilas de amigos South America informal

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1informal (waste time)

      tontear

    • 1.2British informal euphemistic (excrete)

      the dog messed on the carpet el perro ensució la alfombra euphemistic
      • If planning permission were granted, then there is the age-old chestnut of any memorial being vandalised or messed upon by pigeons.
      • On one occasion we even offered a plastic bag to the owner of a Labrador whose dog had messed in the field, and all we got was a lot of abusive language!
      • A parish councillor has decided enough is enough and is declaring war on dog owners who allow their pets to mess in public places.
      • The very fact the woman had to run the gauntlet of traffic and pigeons messing on her is proof alone she is not experiencing a level playing field.
      • Crows, seagulls, collared doves, magpies, and large flocks of starlings - all squawking, hooting and messing on everyone's property.
      • Hundreds of England flags stuck to stationary cars fluttered sadly and ignored, like puppies who had been chastised for messing on the carpet.
      • In that case, let's use the laws of the land and fine the horse owners every time their horses mess the streets.
      • She mocks anyone who considers cats to be a nuisance, and thinks it is acceptable for cats to mess in other people's private gardens.
      • Dogs mess in the wrong places and somebody has to clean up.
      • A member of Craven's dog control panel, Coun Polly English said: ‘If anyone sees a dog messing and they know the owner let me know and I will pass it on.’
      • The older guys used to say, as a compliment, that Frankie was so good, if a fly messed on the music score he could read and play that too.
      • So Hazel does not like horses messing in the street, fearing a health hazard, but she drives a car.
      • I have written to your letters page before trying to shame a lady dog walker who persistently allowed her dog to mess outside my house.
      • Can we expect every minor misdemeanour like littering and dog messing to result in a police helicopter hovering over head!

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    Military
    comer el rancho

transitive verb

euphemistic

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    to mess one's pants hacerse caca encima informal
    • In fact, I am so frightened, I fear I might just mess my pants!
    • Is it a strategy to not mess one's own pants?
    • When he sees a muzzle-flash in his vision, he messes his pants before he falls dead or wounded.
    • Everyone was naked as they were born; they were vomiting and messing themselves at the same time,’ Verna said.