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med·dle

 (mĕd′l)
intr.v. med·dled, med·dling, med·dles
1. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere.
2. To handle something carelessly or ignorantly; tamper: Don't meddle with my cell phone!

[Middle English medlen, from Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Old French mesler, from Vulgar Latin *misculāre, to mix thoroughly, from Latin miscēre, to mix; see meik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

med′dler (mĕd′lər, mĕd′l-ər) n.

meddle

(ˈmɛdəl)
vb (intr)
1. (usually foll by with) to interfere officiously or annoyingly
2. (usually foll by in) to involve oneself unwarrantedly: to meddle in someone's private affairs.
[C14: from Old French medler, ultimately from Latin miscēre to mix]
ˈmeddler n
ˈmeddling adj
ˈmeddlingly adv

med•dle

(ˈmɛd l)

v.i. -dled, -dling.
to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French me(s)dler, derivative of Latin miscēre to mix]
med′dler, n.
med′dling•ly, adv.

meddle


Past participle: meddled
Gerund: meddling

Imperative
meddle
meddle
Present
I meddle
you meddle
he/she/it meddles
we meddle
you meddle
they meddle
Preterite
I meddled
you meddled
he/she/it meddled
we meddled
you meddled
they meddled
Present Continuous
I am meddling
you are meddling
he/she/it is meddling
we are meddling
you are meddling
they are meddling
Present Perfect
I have meddled
you have meddled
he/she/it has meddled
we have meddled
you have meddled
they have meddled
Past Continuous
I was meddling
you were meddling
he/she/it was meddling
we were meddling
you were meddling
they were meddling
Past Perfect
I had meddled
you had meddled
he/she/it had meddled
we had meddled
you had meddled
they had meddled
Future
I will meddle
you will meddle
he/she/it will meddle
we will meddle
you will meddle
they will meddle
Future Perfect
I will have meddled
you will have meddled
he/she/it will have meddled
we will have meddled
you will have meddled
they will have meddled
Future Continuous
I will be meddling
you will be meddling
he/she/it will be meddling
we will be meddling
you will be meddling
they will be meddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been meddling
you have been meddling
he/she/it has been meddling
we have been meddling
you have been meddling
they have been meddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been meddling
you will have been meddling
he/she/it will have been meddling
we will have been meddling
you will have been meddling
they will have been meddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been meddling
you had been meddling
he/she/it had been meddling
we had been meddling
you had been meddling
they had been meddling
Conditional
I would meddle
you would meddle
he/she/it would meddle
we would meddle
you would meddle
they would meddle
Past Conditional
I would have meddled
you would have meddled
he/she/it would have meddled
we would have meddled
you would have meddled
they would have meddled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.meddle - intrude in other people's affairs or businessmeddle - intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly; "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
intervene, step in, interfere, interpose - get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"

meddle

verb interfere, intervene, tamper, intrude, pry, butt in, interpose, stick your nose in (informal), put your oar in, intermeddle, put your two cents in (U.S. slang) Do scientists have a right to meddle in these matters?

meddle

verb
1. To intervene officiously or indiscreetly in the affairs of others:
2. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
Informal: monkey.
Translations
يَتَدَخَّل
vměšovat se
blande sig
beleavatkozik
skipta sér af
kištismėgstantis kištis ne į savo reikalusmėgstantis visur kištis žmogus
iejauktiesjaukties
moeienprutsentussenkomenzich
vmešavati se
karışmak

meddle

[ˈmedl] VI
1. (= interfere) → (entro)meterse (in en) who asked you to meddle?¿quién te manda a ti meterte en esto?
he's always meddlinges un entrometido
2. to meddle with sth (= touch) → toquetear algo, manosear algo; (causing damage) → estropear algo

meddle

[ˈmɛdəl] vi (= interfere) → s'en mêler
It's best not to meddle → Mieux vaut ne pas s'en mêler.
to meddle in sth → se mêler de qch
What had induced the woman to meddle in his affairs? → Qu'est-ce qui avait poussé cette femme à se mêler de ses affaires?
to meddle with sth → se mêler de qch
I dared not meddle with my wife's plans → Je n'osais pas me mêler des projets de ma femme.

meddle

vi (= interfere)sich einmischen (→ in in +acc); (= tamper)sich zu schaffen machen, herumfummeln (inf) (→ with an +dat); to meddle with somebodysich mit jdm einlassen; he’s not a man to meddle withmit ihm ist nicht gut Kirschen essen; he’s always meddlinger mischt sich in alles ein

meddle

[ˈmɛdl] vi (interfere) to meddle (in)immischiarsi (in)
to meddle with sth (tamper) → toccare qc
stop meddling! → smettila di impicciarti!

meddle

(ˈmedl) verb
to interfere. She was always trying to meddle.
ˈmeddler noun
ˈmeddlesome adjective
fond of meddling. a meddlesome old woman.
References in classic literature ?
We can't meddle safely in such matters, and had better not get `romantic rubbish' as you call it, into our heads, lest it spoil our friendship.
Praised be God, I have never had occasion to meddle with murderous implements
He looked like the darkly engraved portraits which we see prefixed to old volumes of sermons, and had no more right than one of those portraits would have to step forth, as he now did, and meddle with a question of human guilt, passion, and anguish.
Now what cozening fiend it was, gentlemen, that possessed Radney to meddle with such a man in that corporeally exasperated state, I know not; but so it happened.
and, on the present occasion, though pretty well aware of the shape her husband's meditations were taking, she very prudently forbore to meddle with them, only sat very quietly in her chair, and looked quite ready to hear her liege lord's intentions, when he should think proper to utter them.
There was not any one in the kingdom who would have considered it good judgment to meddle with my matters.
Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?
How are you going to have a republic at all, where the head of the government is absolute, holds his place forever, and has no parliament, no council to meddle or make in his affairs, nobody voted for, nobody elected, nobody in the whole universe with a voice in the government, nobody asked to take a hand in its matters, and nobody ALLOWED to do it?
He woke at dawn with one more repetition of this horror, and then he resolved to meddle no more with that treacherous sleep.
And when he had finished and still stood alive and whole, their wavering impulse to break their oath and save the poor betrayed prisoner's life faded and vanished away, for plainly this miscreant had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal to meddle with the property of such a power as that.
he subjoined ere long; "and man meddle not with me: I have her, and will hold her.
They won't meddle with persons who touch nothing,' he remarked, putting the bottle before me, and restoring the displaced table.