Meddle



[med-l] /ˈmɛd l/

verb (used without object), meddled, meddling.
1.
to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere officiously and unwantedly:
Stop meddling in my personal life!
/ˈmɛdəl/
verb (intransitive)
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
v.

early 14c., “to mingle, blend, mix,” from Old North French medler (Old French mesler, 12c., Modern French mêler) “to mix, mingle, to meddle,” from Vulgar Latin *misculare (source of Provençal mesclar, Spanish mezclar, Italian mescolare, meschiare), from Latin miscere “to mix” (see mix (v.)). From late 14c. as “busy oneself, be concerned with, engage in;” also disparagingly “interfere, be officious, make a nuisance of oneself” (the notion is of meddling too much). From mid-14c. to 1700, it also was a euphemism for “have sexual intercourse.” Related: Meddled; meddling.

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