Definition of meddle in English:

meddle

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛd(ə)l
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Interfere in something that is not one’s concern: I don’t want him meddling in our affairs (as noun meddling) bureaucratic meddling
    More example sentences
    • 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, butt in, intrude, intervene, interlope, pry, poke, nose, busybody, interpose, obtrude, thrust
    informal stick one's nose in, horn in, muscle in, snoop, put/stick one's oar in, mess with
    North American informal kibitz
    archaic intermeddle
    fiddle, interfere, tamper, tinker, monkey; touch/handle without permission, finger
    informal dick around
    British informal muck about/around
  • 1.1 (meddle with) Touch or handle (something) without permission: you have no right to come in here meddling with my things
    More example sentences
    • 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

noun
More example sentences
  • 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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