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Definition of meddle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    meddle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmedl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedl//
     
    (disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they meddle
    BrE BrE//ˈmedl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedl//
     
    he / she / it meddles
    BrE BrE//ˈmedlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedlz//
     
    past simple meddled
    BrE BrE//ˈmedld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedld//
     
    past participle meddled
    BrE BrE//ˈmedld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedld//
     
    -ing form meddling
    BrE BrE//ˈmedlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] meddle (in/with something) to become involved in something that does not concern you synonym interfere He had no right to meddle in her affairs. He’s just a meddling old fool!
  2. 2[intransitive] meddle (with something) to touch something in a careless way, especially when it is not yours or when you do not know how to use it correctly Somebody had been meddling with her computer.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘mingle, mix’): from Old French medler, variant of mesler, based on Latin miscere ‘to mix’.Extra examples He’s just a meddling old fool! I’m not the sort of proprietor who meddles with editorial policy. I’ve warned you, don’t meddle in things you don’t understand.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: meddle