There’s an article making the rounds about how “messy kids learn quicker” and I noticed it in a Brazilian newspaper online with the title “Crianças bagunceiras aprendem mais rápido”. The word bagunceiro means “given to messes, disorderly” and it comes from bagunça, or mess.
Here are two examples:
- Maria é muito bagunceira. O quarto dela tem roupas e livros por todo canto.
= Maria is very messy. Her bedroom has clothes and books everywhere.
- Paulinho é bagunceiro demais. Os brinquedos dele estão espalhados pela casa toda.
= Paulinho is too messy. His toys are spread all over the house.
If you want to talk about a thing and not a person, then you’d use bagunçado/a, instead of bagunceiro/a.
Let’s see a couple of examples:
- Eu li que pessoas que têm mesa bagunçada são mais criativas.
= I read that people with messy tables are more creative.
- Que quarto bagunçado!
= What a messy bedroom!
A second way to say mess in Brazilian Portuguese is with zona, and if something is really messy you can add total on the end (with either word). Be careful with zona because it also means an area of prostitution.
- Seu quarto é uma bagunça/zona total!
= Your room is a complete mess!
Last but not least, you can use confusão to state disorder, chaos, or something messy.
- A minha vida é uma confusão!
= My life is a mess!
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