adjective med·dle·some \ˈme-dəl-səm\

: interfering with the activities and concerns of other people in an unwanted or unwelcome way : inclined to meddle

Full Definition of MEDDLESOME

:  given to meddling
med·dle·some·ness noun

Examples of MEDDLESOME

  1. Her neighbors saw her as a meddlesome nuisance.
  2. <meddlesome neighbors kept asking the couple when they were going to have children>

First Known Use of MEDDLESOME


Synonym Discussion of MEDDLESOME

impertinent, officious, meddlesome, intrusive, obtrusive mean given to thrusting oneself into the affairs of others. impertinent implies exceeding the bounds of propriety in showing interest or curiosity or in offering advice <resented their impertinent interference>. officious implies the offering of services or attentions that are unwelcome or annoying <officious friends made the job harder>. meddlesome stresses an annoying and usually prying interference in others' affairs <a meddlesome landlord>. intrusive implies a tactless or otherwise objectionable thrusting into others' affairs <tried to be helpful without being intrusive>. obtrusive stresses improper or offensive conspicuousness of interfering actions <expressed an obtrusive concern for his safety>.
MEDDLESOME Defined for Kids


adjective med·dle·some \ˈme-dəl-səm\

Definition of MEDDLESOME for Kids

:  intruding in another person's business in an inconsiderate and annoying way


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