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[ med-l ]

verb (used without object)

, med·dled, med·dling.
  1. to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere officiously and unwantedly:

    Stop meddling in my personal life!

    Synonyms: pry, intrude, intervene


/ ˈmɛdəl /


  1. usually foll by with to interfere officiously or annoyingly
  2. usually foll by in to involve oneself unwarrantedly

    to meddle in someone's private affairs

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmeddling, adjective
  • ˈmeddlingly, adverb
  • ˈmeddler, noun
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Other Words From

  • med·dler noun
  • o·ver·med·dle verb (used without object) overmeddled overmeddling
  • un·med·dled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of meddle1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English medlen, from Old French me(s)dler, variant of mesler “to mix,” from Vulgar Latin misculāre (unrecorded), frequentative of Latin miscēre
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Word History and Origins

Origin of meddle1

C14: from Old French medler, ultimately from Latin miscēre to mix
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Example Sentences

Instead we’ll have to settle for applying that template forward to all future attempts to meddle.

The California League of Conservation Voters, a group that began in the 1970s and meddles mostly in state politics, is accusing San Diego Sens.

The UK’s power to meddle in Google’s global business model stems from a chorus of complaints from Google’s competitors in the ad industry.

From Quartz

They feature incredibly stylish kids roaming in nature, free from the shackles of meddling parents, and happily cooking everything from bananas to fish over open flames.

As a result, the charter limited the mayor’s direct power over the police department and removed politicians from meddling in officer discipline.

Clearly poverty is not the only reason state reps are attempting to meddle with marriage laws.

In the past, McCarthy refused to meddle in the film versions of his work.

It would certainly have been wrong for Obama to meddle with the investigation for political reasons.

Both would also be tempted to meddle with each other's minorities.

The Republican National Committee came around only to meddle with his plans, he said.

A royal decree (December 31, 1622) orders the Dominicans in the Philippines not to meddle in affairs of government.

His motto was, "Grab a dollar to-day—but don't meddle with it if it interferes with a thousand dollars in ten years."

The turtle explains (l. 514) that it is better to be silent than to meddle with things which one does not understand.

Myles deposed, in 1592, that henceforth Burbage "would not suffer her to meddle in the premises, but thrust her out of all."

Good Cousin Pontalier, meddle with thatThat shall concerne thyselfe.


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