meddler


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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 Indo-European roots.]

med′dler (mĕd′lər, mĕd′l-ər) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with othersmeddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with others
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
backseat driver - a meddler who insists on giving unwanted advice
busybody, nosey-parker, nosy-parker, quidnunc - a person who meddles in the affairs of others
buttinsky - a meddler who tends to butt in
kibitzer - (Yiddish) a meddler who offers unwanted advice to others

meddler

noun
A person given to intruding in other people's affairs:
Informal: kibitzer.
Slang: buttinsky.
Archaic: pragmatic.
Translations
مُتَدَخِّل في ما لا يَعْنيه
šťoura
geskæftig person
kotnyeles
slettireka, afskiptasamur maîur
herkesin işine karışan kimse

meddler

[ˈmedləʳ] Nentrometido/a m/f

meddler

n he’s a terrible meddlerer muss sich immer in alles einmischen

meddler

[ˈmɛdləʳ] n (busybody) → impiccione/a

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 ?
That vile servant called my father 'a meddling old fool,' 'Fool and meddler art thou thyself, varlet,' I shouted, springing through the window, 'THAT for thy impudence
Who seeks to turn him back, or stay him on his course, arrests a mighty engine which will strike the meddler dead; and be the fiercer and the wilder, ever, for its momentary check
No one will reproach you with your mistakes or call you a confounded, clumsy meddler.
The seventeen learned societies unanimously voted the presumptuous Blotton an ignorant meddler, and forthwith set to work upon more treatises than ever.
Hence it is that I cannot in any degree approve of those restless and busy meddlers who, called neither by birth nor fortune to take part in the management of public affairs, are yet always projecting reforms; and if I thought that this tract contained aught which might justify the suspicion that I was a victim of such folly, I would by no means permit its publication.
has already caused proposals to be made to him by ten persons; he has satisfied himself with driving these ten meddlers from his presence, without saying anything to them but,
Most Welcome first stood at Meddler Stud near Newmarket in 1990.
Mr Mitchell told MPs: 'The Government is a compulsive meddler in our constitution.
But if I do that, suddenly I'm a meddler, or I'm arrogant, or I'm conceited, or I make enemies,'' he said.
Confiding in meddler Eva The Diva proves to be Kylie's biggest mistake.
Poulton plans to move back into Meddler Stud in Newmarket, from where he sent out about 40 winners during a four-year association that ended in late 2005.
But his activities in the Middle East - included unspecified "travelling" in Cyprus, Syria and Palestine - quickly proved irksome to the Allies who saw him as a dangerous meddler.