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meddlesome

[med-l-suh m]
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adjective
  1. given to meddling; interfering; intrusive.
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Origin of meddlesome

First recorded in 1605–15; meddle + -some1
Related formsmed·dle·some·ly, adverbmed·dle·some·ness, nounun·med·dle·some, adjective

Synonym study

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meddlesome

adjective
  1. intrusive or meddling
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Derived Formsmeddlesomely, adverbmeddlesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meddlesome

adj.

1610s, from meddle + -some (1). Earlier was medlous "quarrelsome, meddlesome" (mid-15c.). Related: Meddlesomely. Character name Meddlesome Mattie attested from 1814.

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