meddle


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meddle

intervene; intrude; pry: Don’t meddle in other people’s business.
Not to be confused with:
medal – a metal decoration; a reward: She received a medal for her bravery.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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?"
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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?
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meddle

verb
1. To intervene officiously or indiscreetly in the affairs of others:
2. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
Informal: monkey.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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meddle

[ˈmɛdl] vi (interfere) to meddle (in)immischiarsi (in)
to meddle with sth (tamper) → toccare qc
stop meddling! → smettila di impicciarti!
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

meddle

(ˈmedl) verb
to interfere. She was always trying to meddle.
ˈmeddler noun
ˈmeddlesome adjective
fond of meddling. a meddlesome old woman.
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References in classic literature ?
"Who bade thee meddle in this, Sancho?" said Don Quixote.
Remember them the next time you feel tempted to meddle with me again.
Drink then, and do not meddle with what we are discussing, for that requires all one's wit and cool judgment."
Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?
He woke at dawn with one more repetition of this horror, and then he resolved to meddle no more with that treacherous sleep.
It was unsafe to meddle with the corpses and ghosts of these creatures.
Dean; and, though I thought it wrong that Kenneth should not be sent for, it was no concern of mine either to advise or complain, and I always refused to meddle. Once or twice, after we had gone to bed, I've happened to open my door again and seen her sitting crying on the stairs'- top; and then I've shut myself in quick, for fear of being moved to interfere.
"I never meddle save with what concerns me, and I know how to make believe that I haven't seen what does not concern me; but I hate hypocrites, and among that number I place musketeers who are abbes and abbes who are musketeers; and," he added, turning to Porthos "here's a gentleman who's of the same opinion as myself."
'corner' and the stakes at cards meant, but carrying forward to another page I don't understand at all," said he to himself, and after that he did not meddle in business affairs.
I have seen the world, brother, and know what arguments to make use of; and if your folly had not prevented me, should have prevailed with her to form her conduct by those rules of prudence and discretion which I formerly taught her." "To be sure," said the squire, "I am always in the wrong." "Brother," answered the lady, "you are not in the wrong, unless when you meddle with matters beyond your knowledge.
"Well, I wouldn't meddle with 'em myself," said Solomon.
"They are the captives of the Pawnee, according to the rules of Indian warfare, and I cannot meddle with his rights."