Synonyms of messy in English:

messy


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adjective

1‘messy oil spills and grease marks’

SYNONYMS
dirty, filthy, grubby, soiled, grimy, begrimed
mucky, muddy, slimy, sticky, sullied, spotted, stained, smeared, smudged, tarnished
dishevelled, blowsy, scruffy, rumpled, matted, unkempt, tousled, bedraggled, tangled, slapdash, slovenly
informal yucky
British informal gungy
ANTONYMS

clean

2‘a messy kitchen’

SYNONYMS
disorderly, disordered, muddled, in a muddle, chaotic, confused, disorganized, in disarray, in turmoil, disarranged
untidy, cluttered, littered, in a jumble, jumbled
informal like a bomb's hit it
British informal shambolic
ANTONYMS

tidy, orderly

3‘a messy legal battle’

SYNONYMS
chaotic, convoluted, complex, intricate, tangled, tortuous, confused, confusing, difficult
unpleasant, nasty, bitter, acrimonious, spiteful
ANTONYMS

straightforward, amicable