Meddle meaning

mĕdl
(obs.) To mix; mingle.
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To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere.
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To handle something carelessly or ignorantly; tamper.

Don't meddle with my cell phone!

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To concern oneself with or take part in other people's affairs without being asked, welcomed, or needed; interfere (in or with)
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(obs.) To mingle; combine.
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Meddle is defined as intrude in someone else's life or business.

An example of to meddle is for a person to involve herself in her best friend's love life.

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(intransitive, now US regional) To have sex. [from 14th c.]
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To interfere in or with; to concern oneself with unduly. [from 14th c.]
  • Bible, 2 Kings xiv. 10
    Why shouldst thou meddle to thy hurt?.
  • John Locke.
    The civil lawyers [...] have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them.
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To tamper (with)
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Origin of meddle

  • Middle English medlen from Anglo-Norman medler variant of Old French mesler from Vulgar Latin misculāre to mix thoroughly from Latin miscēre to mix meik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Anglo-Norman and Old French mesler, meller, from Late Latin misculare, from Latin miscere (“to mix").

    From Wiktionary