Mess n. Mass; church service. [Obs.]
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. [Obs.]
4. The milk given by a cow at one milking. [U.S.]
5. A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it. [Colloq.]
Mess v. i. [imp. & p. p. Messed p. pr. & vb. n. Messing.] To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.
Mess, v. t.
1. To supply with a mess.
2. To make a mess5 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.
n 1: a state of confusion and disorderliness; "the house was a
mess"; "she smoothed the mussiness of the bed" [syn: messiness,
2: informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a
terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: fix,
hole, jam, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish]
3: soft semiliquid food; "a mess of porridge"
4: a meal eaten by service personnel
5: a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat
or relax [syn: mess hall]
6: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
"a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of
money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must
have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good
deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mickle,
mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite
a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy
sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
v 1: eat in a mess hall
2: make a mess of or create disorder in; "He messed up his
room" [syn: mess up]
a portion of food given to a guest (Gen. 43:34; 2 Sam. 11:8).