verb (used without object), med·dled, med·dling.
Origin of meddle
Examples from the Web for meddling
Thanks to that meddling Franklin and the other editors, Jefferson thought his Declaration had been “mangled.”
He laid the blame firmly on meddling by foreign powers sowing civil disobedience.
In return, Egypt has accused Erdogan of making “provocative” statements and meddling in its internal affairs.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood|Thomas Seibert|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For months, Russia had been meddling in the affairs of its neighbor Ukraine without having to pay a serious cost.It’s Finally Time for the West to Stand Up to Putin|James Kirchick|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As long as they abide by their own internal rules of governance, the secular society imposes no meddling restrictions.A Victory for ‘Religious Freedom’ is a Loss for Religion|Gene Robinson|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You've fouled up our plans with your meddling down in New Orleans.The Ambassador|Samuel Kimball Merwin
They had not been sent for; their house was in no immediate danger; and there was no intention of meddling with them.The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon|J.A. Froude
But Stingaree allowed no meddling with his mount; and only a very sinful publican, very many leagues back, was in the secret.Stingaree|E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Since we cannot prevent these men from meddling, we can give them rope to meddle in small matters.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
The Boston people took him and placed him on his honor to live at Johnson Hall and do no meddling.The Maid-At-Arms|Robert W. Chambers
Word Origin for meddle
"action of blending," mid-14c., from present participle of meddle (v.). Meaning "action of taking part, interference" is late 14c. As a past participle adjective, from 1520s. Related: Meddlingly.
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.