meddle

verb med·dle \ ˈme-dᵊl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of meddle

meddled; meddling play \ˈmed-liŋ, ˈme-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
:to interest oneself in what is not one's concern :interfere without right or propriety (see propriety 3)
  • I never meddle in other people's private affairs
  • —G. B. Shaw

meddler

play \ˈmed-lər, ˈme-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of meddle in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of meddle

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


MEDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

meddle

verb

Definition of meddle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MEDDLE Defined for Kids

meddle

verb med·dle \ ˈme-dᵊl \

Definition of meddle for Students

meddled; meddling
:to be overly involved in someone else's business

Synonym Discussion of meddle

meddle, interfere, and tamper mean to get involved with something that is someone else's business. meddle is used for intruding in an inconsiderate and annoying fashion.
    • Don't meddle in her personal life.
interfere is used for getting in the way of or disturbing someone or something whether intentionally or not.
    • I tried to give advice without interfering.
tamper is used for intruding or experimenting in a way that is wrong or uncalled-for and likely to be harmful.
    • Someone had tampered with the lock.


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