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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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|Noun||1.||meddling - the act of altering something secretly or improperly|
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
|Adj.||1.||meddling - intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"|
intrusive - tending to intrude (especially upon privacy); "she felt her presence there was intrusive"
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