meddle

verb
med·​dle | \ ˈme-dᵊl \
meddled; meddling\ ˈmed-​liŋ , ˈme-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of meddle 

intransitive verb

: to interest oneself in what is not one's concern : interfere without right or propriety (see propriety sense 3) I never meddle in other people's private affairs— G. B. Shaw

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Other Words from meddle

meddler \ ˈmed-​lər , ˈme-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

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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.

Examples of meddle in a Sentence

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

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Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers fiercely criticized Trump's performance at the Helsinki summit, saying the U.S. president had improperly cast doubt on his own intelligence community's conclusions that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Pompeo fights back after GOP Sen. Corker hits Trump for 'purposeful' sowing of 'doubt and distrust'," 25 July 2018 To date, the government hasn’t meddled much with monetary policy. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "Modi Mustn’t Flunk His Central Bank Test," 11 Dec. 2018 Russia has meddled in Ukrainian political affairs to orient the country toward a more pro-Russia stance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Seizes Three Ukrainian Warships in Border Incident," 26 Nov. 2018 The pages were not run by the Russian trolls who meddled in the US’ 2016 election, and have continued doing so since. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A new kind of dark money on Facebook is influencing elections," 18 Oct. 2018 After President Donald Trump sided with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, dismissing U.S. intelligence agencies that said Russia meddled in the 2016 election, everyone had thoughts. Emily Yahr, The Seattle Times, "Watch: Late-night hosts skewer Trump’s news conference with Putin," 17 July 2018 The Russians meddled in the last Presidential election. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Greatness in sports can be child's play -- Bill Livingston," 26 Feb. 2018 But if a rogue scientist tinkering quietly in a lab can smash through norms and meddle with the human genome to feed his own ego or scientific curiosity, the worry is that many more dangerous applications of CRISPR could be in store. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 30 Nov. 2018 The move comes as Facebook tries to shake off its reputation as a hotbed for misinformation and elections-meddling and rather a place for communities and people to come together and stay informed. Barbara Ortutay, The Seattle Times, "With an eye on past problems, Facebook expands local feature," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of meddle

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meddle

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

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meddle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of meddle

: 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

verb
med·​dle | \ ˈme-dᵊl \
meddled; meddling

Kids Definition of meddle

: to be overly involved in someone else's business

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