med·​dle | \ ˈme-dᵊl How to pronounce meddle (audio) \
meddled; meddling\ ˈmed-​liŋ , ˈme-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce meddle (audio) \

Definition of meddle

intransitive verb

: to interest oneself in what is not one's concern : interfere without right or propriety (see propriety sense 1) I never meddle in other people's private affairs— G. B. Shaw

Other Words from meddle

meddler \ ˈmed-​lər How to pronounce meddle (audio) , ˈme-​dᵊl-​ər How to pronounce meddle (audio) \ noun

Examples of meddle in a Sentence

please stop meddling in your sister's marriage, even though you mean well
Recent Examples on the Web Now that Musk is taking Twitter private, the board won’t be able to meddle with his vision. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 25 Apr. 2022 Topline Russian President Vladimir Putin might use the United States’ support for Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s invasion to meddle in another U.S. election, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded, the Associated Press reported Saturday. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 There’s a perception that Auburn boosters meddle with the program. al, 8 Apr. 2022 Anticipating international condemnation and countermeasures, Mr. Putin issued a stark warning to other countries not to meddle. The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Feb. 2022 Sinatra used his influence to meddle with the film's casting. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Anticipating international condemnation and countermeasures, Putin issued a stark warning to other countries not to meddle. Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2022 The Maddocks' efforts to meddle in the election didn't end in Michigan. Dave Boucher, USA TODAY, 21 Jan. 2022 As for the constitutional referendum, Douyon said this is no time to meddle with it. Caitlin Hu, CNN, 23 Mar. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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med·​dle | \ ˈme-dᵊl How to pronounce meddle (audio) \
meddled; meddling

Kids Definition of meddle

: to be overly involved in someone else's business

Choose the Right Synonym for meddle

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.

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