[med-l-suh m]


given to meddling; interfering; intrusive.

Origin of meddlesome

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

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British Dictionary definitions for meddlesome



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

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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