This page is about the phrasal verb mess around
If you're messing around, you're wasting time or behaving in a silly way.
fool around, muck around (British, informal)
- mess around My kids were messing around with a new computer game instead of doing their homework, so I told them to turn it off.
- mess around The manager told the workers to stop messing around and get on with their work.
the phrasal verb "mess about" has the same meaning, though it's mostly used in British and Australian English
Contributor: Matt Errey