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meddle

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verb med·dle \ˈme-dəl\

Simple Definition of meddle

  • : to become involved in the activities and concerns of other people when your involvement is not wanted

  • : to change or handle something in a way that is unwanted or harmful

Full Definition of meddle

med·dledmed·dling play \ˈmed-liŋ, ˈme-dəl-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to interest oneself in what is not one's concern :  interfere without right or propriety

med·dler play \ˈmed-lər, ˈme-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of meddle

  1. <please stop meddling in your sister's marriage, even though you mean well>



Origin of meddle

Middle English medlen, from Anglo-French mesler, medler, from Vulgar Latin *misculare, from Latin miscēre to mix — more at mix


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with meddle



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