Definition of meddle in English:

meddle

Syllabification: med·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈmedl
 
/

verb

[no object]
  • 1Interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one’s concern: I don’t want him meddling in our affairs (as noun meddling) bureaucratic meddling
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    • Don't meddle in matters that don't concern you, unless you want to face the wrath of Rowan!
    • Elections should be open and transparent so there is no opportunity for meddling.
    • He also said foreign governments should stop meddling in Hong Kong's affairs.
    Synonyms
    interfere in/with, butt in/into, intrude on/into, intervene in, pry into
    informal poke one's nose in, horn in on, muscle in on, snoop into, stick one's oar in, kibitz in
    fiddle, interfere, tamper, tinker, fool around
  • 1.1 (meddle with) Touch or handle (something) without permission: you have no right to come in here and meddle with my things
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    • Jack Taggart, is yelling at his son, Billy, to carefully affix all the scarecrows to their posts, while also accusing him of meddling with his equipment.
    • He told Hudson that he had to understand that people who had their homes invaded felt very bad about the fact that others had been meddling with their property.
    • Stating that the gallery is full-fledged now, Vidya says that it has sufficient space and infrastructure to host an exclusive show without meddling with the regular display area.

Derivatives

meddler

Pronunciation: /ˈmedlər, ˈmedl-ər/
noun
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  • His reputation as a meddler, unwilling to afford his managers free rein, is as damaging as what appears to be his unrealistic ambition.
  • He's a meddler; the kind of person who hasn't got the good sense to leave well enough alone.
  • Reporters are seen as uneducated meddlers, sticking their nose in where it does not belong.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'mingle, mix'): from Old French medler, variant of mesler, based on Latin miscere 'to mix'.

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