meddlesome

adjective
med·​dle·​some | \ ˈme-dᵊl-səm How to pronounce meddlesome (audio) \

Definition of meddlesome

: given to meddling

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Other Words from meddlesome

meddlesomeness noun

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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

Examples of meddlesome in a Sentence

Her neighbors saw her as a meddlesome nuisance. meddlesome neighbors kept asking the couple when they were going to have children
Recent Examples on the Web The ghouls would love nothing more than a chance to stoke some jingoistic fury about how meddlesome foreign powers are to blame for our own political incompetence and societal decline. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Would the GOP Use Trump’s Covid Diagnosis to Start a War?," 5 Oct. 2020 Pyongyang has ignored his calls for dialogue and chastised him for being meddlesome in his attempts to serve as a bridge between Kim Jong Un and Trump. Fortune, "North Korea blows up liaison office with South Korea in most serious provocation in years," 16 June 2020 To them, the social contract lay in tatters, torn up by liberals, a meddlesome government, and demands from African-Americans and coddled college students. Jefferson Cowie, New York Times, "The ‘Hard Hat Riot’ Was a Preview of Today’s Political Divisions," 11 May 2020 The proud but meddlesome mother of three women tries to find the perfect man for her youngest daughter by placing an online personal ad. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The proud but meddlesome mother of three women tries to find the perfect man for her youngest daughter by placing an online personal ad. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The threat of foreign interference persists, of course, and government officials continue to warn the public to be on the lookout for meddlesome disinformation campaigns and other attempts at subterfuge by the likes of Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "2020 Crystal Ball: Predictions for the Economy, Politics, Technology, and More," 2 Dec. 2019 India’s judges are notoriously meddlesome and difficult. The Economist, "The courts’ refusal to curb repression in Kashmir," 5 Oct. 2019 The proud but meddlesome mother of three women tries to find the perfect man for her youngest daughter by placing an online personal ad. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of meddlesome

1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Meddlesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meddlesome. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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meddlesome

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of meddlesome

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

meddlesome

adjective
med·​dle·​some | \ ˈme-dᵊl-səm How to pronounce meddlesome (audio) \

Kids Definition of meddlesome

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

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