in·​ter·​med·​dle ˌin-tər-ˈme-dᵊl How to pronounce intermeddle (audio)
intermeddled; intermeddling; intermeddles

intransitive verb

: to meddle impertinently and officiously and usually so as to interfere
intermeddler noun

Examples of intermeddle in a Sentence

she can no more refrain from intermeddling than she can from breathing
Recent Examples on the Web Foreign powers will intermeddle in our affairs, and spare no [expense] to influence them. Martin Finucane,, 14 June 2019

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Word History


Middle English entermedlen, from Anglo-French entremeller, entremedler, from entre- inter- + medler to mix — more at meddle

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermeddle was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Intermeddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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