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Meaning of MEDDLE

Pronunciation:  'medl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly; "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
 

MEDDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: tamper
 
 See Also: interfere, interpose, intervene, step in

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Med"dle`\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Meddled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Meddling}.] [OE. medlen to mix, OF. medler, mesler, F.
    m[^e]ler, LL. misculare, a dim. fr. L. miscere to mix. ? See
    {Mix}, and cf. {Medley}, {Mellay}.]
    1. To mix; to mingle. [Obs.]
    
             More to know Did never meddle with my thoughts.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    2. To interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- ? a
       good sense. [Obs.] --Barrow.
    
             Study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own
             business.                             --Tyndale.
    
    3. To interest or engage one's self unnecessarily or
       impertinently, to interfere or busy one's self improperly
       with another's affairs; specifically, to handle or distrub
       another's property without permission; -- often followed
       by with or in.
    
             Why shouldst thou meddle to thy hurt? --2 Kings xiv.
                                                   10.
    
             The civil lawyers . . . have meddled in a matter
             that belongs not to them.             --Locke.
    
    {To meddle and make}, to intrude one's self into another
       person's concerns. [Archaic] --Shak.
    
    Syn: To interpose; interfere; intermeddle.
    
    
  2. \Med"dle\, v. t.
    To mix; to mingle. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
          ``Wine meddled with gall.''              --Wyclif
                                                   (Matt. xxvii.
                                                   34).
    
    
 
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