meddle

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verb med·dle \ˈme-dəl\

Definition of meddle

meddled

;

meddling

play \ˈmed-liŋ, ˈme-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to interest oneself in what is not one's concern :  interfere without right or propriety (see propriety 3) I never meddle in other people's private affairs — G. B. Shaw

meddler

play \ˈmed-lər, ˈme-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of meddle in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of meddle

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


First Known Use: 14th century


MEDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

meddle

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verb med·dle \ˈme-dəl\

Definition of meddle for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

meddle

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verb med·dle \ˈme-dəl\

Definition of meddle for Students

meddled

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meddling

  1. :  to be overly involved in someone else's business



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