meddlesome

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adjective med·dle·some \ ˈme-dᵊl-səm \

Definition of meddlesome

:given to meddling

meddlesomeness

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Examples of meddlesome in a Sentence

  1. Her neighbors saw her as a meddlesome nuisance.

  2. meddlesome neighbors kept asking the couple when they were going to have children

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First Known Use of meddlesome

1615

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 English Language Learners

meddlesome

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Definition of meddlesome for English Language Learners

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


MEDDLESOME Defined for Kids

meddlesome

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adjective med·dle·some \ ˈme-dᵊl-səm \

Definition of meddlesome for Students

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


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