meddle

[ med-l ]
/ ˈmɛd l /

verb (used without object), med·dled, med·dling.

to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere officiously and unwantedly: Stop meddling in my personal life!

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Origin of meddle

1250–1300; Middle English medlen < Old French me(s)dler, variant of mesler (French mêler) < Vulgar Latin *misculāre, frequentative of Latin miscēre to mix

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British Dictionary definitions for meddling

meddle
/ (ˈmɛdəl) /

verb (intr)

(usually foll by with) to interfere officiously or annoyingly
(usually foll by in) to involve oneself unwarrantedlyto meddle in someone's private affairs

Derived forms of meddle

meddler, nounmeddling, adjectivemeddlingly, adverb

Word Origin for meddle

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