- to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere officiously and unwantedly: Stop meddling in my personal life!
Origin of meddle
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Examples from the Web for meddle
Clearly poverty is not the only reason state reps are attempting to meddle with marriage laws.Oklahoma Politicians Will Save Your Broken Marriage
January 29, 2014
In the past, McCarthy refused to meddle in the film versions of his work.‘The Counselor’ & How Cormac McCarthy Beat the Hollywood Curse
October 26, 2013
It would certainly have been wrong for Obama to meddle with the investigation for political reasons.Should Eric Holder Have Told Obama About the Petraeus Scandal Sooner?
November 19, 2012
Both would also be tempted to meddle with each other's minorities.Marc Grossman Inherits the Worst Job in the World
February 15, 2011
The Republican National Committee came around only to meddle with his plans, he said.Don't Blame Me for Paladino!
Samuel P. Jacobs
November 26, 2010
Pray let me advise you never more to meddle with a classical myth.The Three Golden Apples
But the parliament were forbidden by authority to meddle in the affair.
Relations who might interfere and pray and meddle and spoil things?The Incomplete Amorist
There are things which cannot concern him, and with which I do not choose him to meddle.The Field of Ice
All books which meddle with the faith are condemnable and pernicious.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (usually foll by with) to interfere officiously or annoyingly
- (usually foll by in) to involve oneself unwarrantedlyto meddle in someone's private affairs
Word Origin and History for meddle
early 14c., "to mingle, blend, mix," from Old North French medler (Old French mesler, 12c., Modern French mêler) "to mix, mingle, to meddle," from Vulgar Latin *misculare (source of Provençal mesclar, Spanish mezclar, Italian mescolare, meschiare), from Latin miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)). From late 14c. as "busy oneself, be concerned with, engage in;" also disparagingly "interfere, be officious, make a nuisance of oneself" (the notion is of meddling too much). From mid-14c. to 1700, it also was a euphemism for "have sexual intercourse." Related: Meddled; meddling.