meddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v meddle intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meddle To interest or engage one's self unnecessarily or impertinently, to interfere or busy one's self improperly with another's affairs; specifically, to handle or distrub another's property without permission; -- often followed by with or in. "Why shouldst thou meddle to thy hurt?""The civil lawyers . . . have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them."
    • Meddle To interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- in a good sense. "Study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own business."
    • v. t Meddle To mix; to mingle. "Amongst her tears immixing prayers meek.""More to know
      Did never meddle with my thoughts."
      "“Wine meddled with gall.”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meddle To mix; mingle.
    • meddle To be mixed or mingled; mix.
    • meddle To mingle in association or interest; concern one's self; take part; deal: generally requiring with in construction.
    • meddle To interfere or take part inappropriately, improperly, or impertinently; concern or busy one's self with or about something without necessity or warrant; act in a matter with which one has no business: used absolutely, or followed by in or with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Meddle med′l to interfere unnecessarily (with or in): to take part in a matter with which one has nothing to do: to have to do (with)
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Quotations

  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    “Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutified.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
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    “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
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    “The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. medlen, to mix, OF. medler, mesler, F. mêler, LL. misculare, a dim. fr. L. miscere, to mix. √271. See Mix, and cf. Medley Mellay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. medler, a corr. of mesler (Fr. mêler)—Low L. misculare—L. miscēre, to mix.

Usage

In literature:

You shall be safe from any meddling of mine.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
Snakes are all right, they don't meddle with you if you don't meddle with them.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
By what right did he venture to meddle in his affairs?
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Well, he ought to be; makes himself ill meddling with other people.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The meddling young officer was striding toward him.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
He meddled, in short, with every thing.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
I'll never meddle with the things in the chest any more.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
You must not meddle further in my affairs.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
Such a dangerous thing it is to meddle with Christ's servants.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
But I have a little headache to-day; I mustn't meddle with sweets.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
He is a peaceful man, and a true, and meddles not the Border folk.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
This is between you and me, Nan; no one shall meddle between us two.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Then no chance would be left to England to meddle.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Why should Knight, Keatley & O'Brien be meddling in my affairs?
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Add to it here the direct influence and meddling of the head-quarters.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
All kinds of meddling and interference come easily to you.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
Ma name is Peter McGuffie, or Speug, an' gin onybody meddle wi' ye gie's a cry.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
Meddle in nothing that does not concern you.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
I will not meddle with the wasps' nest of the priests.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Constantius did not mean ill; but he went even further than his father in meddling with things which he did not understand.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
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In poetry:

See, see,
How you have meddled with the snowy clover,
Making her ivory
Blush like a lover!
"Mischief To A Bee" by Mary Webb
"Now sound out, trumpets!" quo Buccleuch;
"Let's waken Lord Scroope right merrilie!"
Then loud the warden's trumpet blew
"O whae dare meddle wi me?"
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
The mother gazed upon her boy,
Earnest with thought beyond his years,
And felt a sharp and sad annoy,
That meddled with her deepest joy,
But she restrained her tears.
"The Child And The Dew-Drops (in memory of a lost son)." by John Critchley Prince
"I know that grandmamma would say,
'Don't meddle with it, dear;'
But then, she's far enough away, And no one else is near: Besides, what can there be amiss
In opening such a box as this? "
"Meddlesome Matty" by Ann Taylor
The Quakers abundant in riches are grown,
And meddle with no man's affairs but their own;
They pay such attention to act as they ought,
We should almost declare, they were men without fault.
"The Church-And-King Club;" by William Hutton
Whom now is the bishop a-leering at?
I know a point where his text falls pat.
I'll tell him to-morrow, a word just now
Went to my heart and made me vow
I meddle no more with the worst of trades—-
Let somebody else pay his serenades.
"Holy-Cross Day" by Robert Browning

In news:

Chick-fil-A entitled to opinion without politicians meddling.
Chávez denies meddling in the case.
WMSA CHAIRMAN TOM CANNON IS SICK OF ALL THE MEDDLING KIDS.
The vast majority of Americans treasure their constitutional freedom, and they don't trust politicians who meddle with it.
Meddling with Medicare injustice to all Americans John Watson Commentary.
William not due to county meddling .
Mortgage Investors Face More ' Meddling ' With Obama, Annaly Says.
Judge accused of meddling in son's case.
Well-meaning adults meddling with kids' fantasies.
Israelis fear Netanyahu is meddling in US politics.
Georgian Democracy and Russian Meddling .
Minister Quits Over Maliki's Meddling .
Errors Boosted Iran's Meddling in Iraq.
Chick-fil-A entitled to opinion without politicians meddling .
Assad claims US meddling in Syrian affairs.
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