meddling

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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meddling - the act of altering something secretly or improperlymeddling - 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 mannermeddling - 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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meddling

noun
The act or an instance of interfering or intruding:
adjective
Given to intruding in other people's affairs:
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meddling

2 [ˈmedlɪŋ] Nintromisión f
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References in classic literature ?
'valiant but unlucky;' others, 'courteous but meddling,' and then they go into such a number of things that they don't leave a whole bone either in your worship or in myself."
And there's a lot o' foolish women in fine clothes, with gewgaws all up their arms and feathers on their heads, sitting near the judge: they've dressed themselves out in that way, one 'ud think, to be scarecrows and warnings against any man ever meddling with a woman again.
I shall not mar Garnharn's translation by meddling with its English; for the most toothsome thing about it is its quaint fashion of building English sentences on the German plan-- and punctuating them accordingly to no plan at all.
I cannot consent to lose you: I must go with you, or come to you; and there are meddling fools elsewhere, as well as here.'
They have provided a system which for terse comprehensiveness surpasses Justinian's Pandects and the By-laws of the Chinese Society for the Suppression of Meddling with other People's Business.