An example of to meddle is for a person to involve herself in her best friend's love life.
- to concern oneself with or take part in other people's affairs without being asked, welcomed, or needed; interfere (in or with)
- to tamper (with)
- Obs. to mingle; combine
Origin of meddleMiddle English medlen ; from Old French medler, mesler (Fr mêler), to mix, hence “mix in,” meddle ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form misculare ; from Classical Latin miscere, to mix
intransitive verbmed·dled, med·dling, med·dles
- To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere.
- To handle something carelessly or ignorantly; tamper: Don't meddle with my cell phone!
Origin of meddleMiddle English medlen, from Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Old French mesler, from Vulgar Latin *miscul&amacron;re, to mix thoroughly, from Latin misc&emacron;re, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present meddles, present participle meddling, simple past and past participle meddled)