meddlesome

[ med-l-suh m ]
/ ˈmɛd l səm /

adjective

given to meddling; interfering; intrusive.

Nearby words

  1. medallist,
  2. medan,
  3. medawar,
  4. meddle,
  5. meddler,
  6. meddling,
  7. mede,
  8. medea,
  9. medellín,
  10. medes

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

See curious.

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British Dictionary definitions for meddlesome

meddlesome

/ (ˈmɛdəlsəm) /

adjective

intrusive or meddling
Derived Formsmeddlesomely, adverbmeddlesomeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for meddlesome

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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