Milk vs Mess - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between milk and mess
is that milk
is (uncountable) a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals to nourish their young from certain animals, especially cows, it is a common food for humans as a beverage or used to produce various dairy products such as butter, cheese, and yogurt 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 milk and mess
is that milk
is to express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow) while mess
is to take meals with a mess.
From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) (m), .
Cognate with (etyl) .
(uncountable) A white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals to nourish their young. From certain animals, especially cows, it is a common food for humans as a beverage or used to produce various dairy products such as butter, cheese, and yogurt.
# The lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows, and including the addition of limited amounts of vitamin A, vitamin D, and other carriers or flavoring ingredients identified as safe and suitable.
(countable, informal) An individual serving of milk.
(uncountable) A white (or whitish) liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as soy beans, coconuts, almonds, rice, oats. Also called non-dairy milk .
* c. 1430' (reprinted '''1888 ), Thomas Austin, ed., ''Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London:
- Table three ordered three milks'''.'' (Formally: ''The guests at table three ordered three glasses of '''milk . )
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* 1962' (quoting '''1381 text), (Hans Kurath) & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., ''(Middle English Dictionary) , Ann Arbor, Mich.: (University of Michigan Press), , page 1242:
- Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke
The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
(uncountable, slang) semen
- 773;', '''d?r?''' adj. & n. toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande ' mylk .
* 2007 September 24, Chris Horseman (interviewee), Emily Harris (reporter), “Global Dairy Demand Drives Up Prices”, Morning Edition , National Public Radio
*: there's going to be that much less milk' available to cover any other uses. Which means whether it's liquid ' milk or whether it's cheese or yogurt, the price gets pulled up right across the board.
* almond milk
* breast milk
* chocolate milk
* coconut milk
* condensed milk
* cowmilk, cow milk
* evaporated milk
* flavored milk, flavoured milk
* homogenized milk
* milk bar
* milk bottle
* milk chocolate
* milk fever
* milk float
* milk of magnesia
* milk pan
* milk powder
* milk product
* milk tooth
* Milky Way
* nut milk
* oat milk
* rice milk
* semi-skimmed milk
* skimmed milk, skim milk
* soy milk
* whole milk
FDA standard of identity for "milk".
From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .
To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow).
- The farmer milked his cows.
To draw (milk) from the breasts or udder.
- I have given suck, and know / How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me.
To express any liquid (from any creature).
(figurative) To make excessive use of (a particular point in speech or writing, etc.); to take advantage of (a situation).
- to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows
* London Spectator
- When the audience began laughing, the comedian milked the joke for more laughs.
- They [the lawyers] milk an unfortunate estate as regularly as a dairyman does his stock.
From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).
(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.
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.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
* 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
- the wardroom mess
A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
* Eton mess
* lose the number of one's mess
* mess hall
* mess up
* Mills Mess
(label) To take meals with a mess.
(label) To belong to a mess.
(label) To eat (with others).
(label) To supply with a mess.
Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
(label) A large quantity or number.
* see also
(label) To make a mess of.
(label) To throw into confusion.
(label) To interfere.
(terms derived from "mess")
* mess around
* mess up
* mess with