meddlesome

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Beijing has characterized the spontaneous protests as the work of meddlesome foreign countries. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Beijing has characterized the spontaneous protests as the work of meddlesome foreign countries. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Beijing has characterized the spontaneous protests as the work of meddlesome foreign countries. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Beijing has characterized the spontaneous protests as the work of meddlesome foreign countries. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Beijing has characterized the spontaneous protests as the work of meddlesome foreign countries. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 There are ways this gift can go very wrong: if the graduate doesn’t buy in, or if the adult doing the giving becomes too meddlesome. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Beijing has characterized the spontaneous protests as the work of meddlesome foreign countries. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 If left unrestricted by meddlesome Washington bureaucrats, these companies will ensure that the United States retains its overall competitive advantage over China — and all other challengers, for that matter. Brandon J. Weichert, National Review, 5 July 2021

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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 5 Dec. 2021.

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meddlesome

adjective

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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