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

Definition of intermeddle

intransitive verb

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

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intermeddler \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈmed-​lər How to pronounce intermeddle (audio) , -​ˈme-​dᵊl-​ər \ 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,, "How far back does concern about foreign influence in the US go? All the way back," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of intermeddle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intermeddle

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

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“Intermeddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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