Definition of meddle in US English:



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  • 1Interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one's concern.

    ‘I don't want him meddling in our affairs’
    • ‘The U.S. government has meddled in the affairs of the Middle East far too long, always with horrendous results.’
    • ‘He also said foreign governments should stop meddling in Hong Kong's affairs.’
    • ‘Don't meddle in matters that don't concern you, unless you want to face the wrath of Rowan!’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be a better idea, if the government is going to meddle in this matter at all, for them to find ways to make the city more affordable?’
    • ‘This isn't the first time the international community has meddled in Zimbabwe's affairs.’
    • ‘She's the do-gooder type who always meddles in business that's no affair of hers.’
    • ‘And he is suspicious of attempts to meddle in the internal business of others.’
    • ‘It is one thing to contact the dead, it is another to meddle and you are meddling.’
    • ‘She also warned other nations not to meddle in China's internal affairs.’
    • ‘I do think the Government and its agencies have meddled far too long in the affairs of rugby.’
    • ‘But many think it was because he meddled in politics and posed a threat to President Putin.’
    • ‘Perhaps someone with the inquisitiveness of my German friend has been meddling.’
    • ‘These business men who come in to football in search of a quick buck and a hobby to see them through their retirement must not be allowed to meddle in affairs of which they have no concept.’
    • ‘The Labour factions decided, however, it was no good meddling in West Lothian.’
    • ‘Elections should be open and transparent so there is no opportunity for meddling.’
    • ‘I don't think we need to be seen to be meddling too much in the affairs of the Middle East region.’
    • ‘She meddled in places she had no business being, was emotionally manipulative, and a professional passive/aggressive.’
    • ‘Increasingly, the minister is meddling in areas that he should leave well alone.’
    • ‘If they are given autonomy, they will ensure that no neighbor meddles in their affairs.’
    • ‘Politicians or other misguided do-gooders won't be able to meddle.’
    interfere, butt in, intrude, intervene, interlope, pry, poke, nose, busybody, interpose, obtrude, thrust
    fiddle, interfere, tamper, tinker, monkey
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    1. 1.1meddle with Touch or handle (something) without permission.
      ‘you have no right to come in here and meddle with my things’
      • ‘Yet I never met a designer who was happy to have his or her work meddled with.’
      • ‘Youngsters who began meddling with the furniture and other products on display, had to be restrained now and again by the elders accompanying them.’
      • ‘Stating that the gallery is full-fledged now, Vidya says that it has sufficient space and infrastructure to host an exclusive show without meddling with the regular display area.’
      • ‘Fortunately for other motorists on the busy road, there were no outrageous stunts and nobody was meddling with the traffic lights to foil the police, but onlookers agreed it was still an impressive sight.’
      • ‘Jack Taggart, is yelling at his son, Billy, to carefully affix all the scarecrows to their posts, while also accusing him of meddling with his equipment.’
      • ‘He told Hudson that he had to understand that people who had their homes invaded felt very bad about the fact that others had been meddling with their property.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘mingle, mix’): from Old French medler, variant of mesler, based on Latin miscere ‘to mix’.