Muck vs Mess - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between muck and mess

is that muck is slimy mud while mess is (obsolete) mass; church service or mess can be a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.

As verbs the difference between muck and mess

is that muck is to shovel muck while mess is (label) to take meals with a mess or mess can be (label) to make a mess of.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

muck

English

Noun

(-)
  • Slimy mud.
  • The car was covered in muck from the rally race.
    I need to clean the muck off my shirt.
  • Soft or slimy manure.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • dirt; something that makes another thing dirty.
  • What's that green muck on the floor?
  • Anything filthy or vile.
  • (Spenser)
  • (obsolete, derogatory) money
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • the fatal muck we quarrelled for

    Derived terms

    * mucky * where there's muck there's brass

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To shovel muck.
  • We need to muck the stable before it gets too thick.
  • To manure with muck.
  • To do a dirty job.
  • (poker, colloquial) To pass (gloss, give one's cards back to the dealer).
  • Derived terms

    * muck about * muck around * muck in * muck out * muck up * mucker * muckraker * mucky * muck spreader * common as muck * where there's muck there's brass ----

    mess

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).

    Noun

    (es)
  • (obsolete) Mass; church service.
  • 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 an animal at one time.
  • A mess of pottage.
  • * Milton
  • At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
  • 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
  • * 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
  • But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
  • A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
  • (Latimer)
  • (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
  • Derived terms
    * Eton mess * lose the number of one's mess * mess hall * mess up * Mills Mess

    Verb

  • (label) To take meals with a mess.
  • (label) To belong to a mess.
  • (label) To eat (with others).
  • (label) To supply with a mess.
  • Etymology 2

    Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".

    Noun

    (-)
  • A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
  • (label) A large quantity or number.
  • (label) Excrement.
  • Synonyms
    * see also

    Verb

    (es)
  • (label) To make a mess of.
  • (label) To throw into confusion.
  • (label) To interfere.
  • Derived terms
    (terms derived from "mess") * messy * mess around * mess up * mess with

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