med·​dle·​some | \ˈme-dᵊl-səm \

Definition of meddlesome 

: given to meddling

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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

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Each of Monty’s D’Ysquith victims — including a tipsy clergyman, a rake, a gay beekeeper, an obtuse and meddlesome do-gooder and a frightfully bad actor — are played by James Taylor Odom, tackling the role made famous on Broadway by Jefferson Mays. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Monty Python fans may love'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'," 2 May 2018 This isn’t the first time, after all, that Paul Ryan has — in the timeless words of Henry II — rid himself of a turbulent, meddlesome priest. Will Bunch,, "Paul Ryan, the meddlesome priest, and why the poor don't have a prayer | Will Bunch," 29 Apr. 2018 The Chinese Communist Party — ably aided by its jingoistic state media — has long exploited the phantom of meddlesome Western nations determined to keep China down. Time, "China’s Xi Jinping Offers Trade Concessions, but They May Not Be Enough to Satisfy Trump," 10 Apr. 2018 Both plays feature a widowed and meddlesome Muslim father trying to marry a spirited and independent daughter – 32 in Akhtar’s play and 34 here – who has loved and lost another. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Musical 'Fun Home' a knockout in a smaller house," 31 Oct. 2017 But make sure that person doesn’t cross the line between useful feedback and meddlesome revision, or worse. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘Read me!’: Students race to craft forceful college essays as deadlines near," 28 Oct. 2017 Spielberg h as chosen to elegize the story by romanticizing it, swathing the characters in Norman Rockwell attitudes, a meddlesome symphonic score, and a golden fairy dust that shines through the windows like God's blessing. Eliza Berman, Time, "3 of Steven Spielberg’s Biggest Failures, According to Steven Spielberg," 5 Oct. 2017 The culprit, a meddlesome bacterium called Vibrio vulnificus, occurs naturally in warm ocean water. National Geographic, "Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic," 14 June 2017 All three ladies sided with Romano’s Emmy winner — which just so happens to be a sitcom about meddlesome family members! Yvonne Juris,, "Ray Romano Helps Yet Another Son Find a Date on Live TV," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of meddlesome

1615, in the meaning defined above

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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


med·​dle·​some | \ˈme-dᵊl-səm \

Kids Definition of meddlesome

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

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