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meddle

[ med-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF meddle

Synonyms for meddle

  • hinder
  • impede
  • impose
  • infringe
  • intrude
  • tamper
  • advance
  • encroach
  • encumber
  • inquire
  • interlope
  • interpose
  • invade
  • kibitz
  • molest
  • obtrude
  • pry
  • snoop
  • trespass
  • abuse rights
  • barge in
  • break in on
  • busybody
  • butt in
  • chime in
  • come uninvited
  • crash the gates
  • dabble in
  • fool with
  • horn in
  • intermeddle
  • mess around
  • mix in
  • push in
  • put two cents in
  • sidewalk-superintend
  • stick nose in
  • worm in
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Antonyms for meddle

  • aid
  • assist
  • facilitate
  • forward
  • help
  • leave alone
  • retreat
  • yield
  • avoid
  • dodge
  • ignore
  • stay out of
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MEDDLE

Pray let me advise you never more to meddle with a classical myth.

But the parliament were forbidden by authority to meddle in the affair.

Relations who might interfere and pray and meddle and spoil things?

There are things which cannot concern him, and with which I do not choose him to meddle.

All books which meddle with the faith are condemnable and pernicious.

I thought so long as I let no one meddle with them, they were safe enough.'

What business have such fellows to meddle with affairs of state?

"And that I forbade you to meddle with," said Uncle Jack, quietly.

But if the generality of men should meddle with and make use of horses, do they spoil them?

"Surely such affairs are not for women to meddle with," he cried.

WORD ORIGIN

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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