What does meddle mean?

Definitions for meddle
ˈmɛd lmed·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meddle, tamperverb

    intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly

    "Don't meddle in my affairs!"


  1. meddleverb

    To mix (something) with some other substance; to commingle, combine, blend.

  2. meddleverb

    To have sex.

  3. meddleverb

    To interfere in or with; to concern oneself with unduly.

  4. Etymology: From medler, variant of and mesler, meller, from misculare, from miscere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Meddleverb

    To mix; to mingle. Obsolete.

    Etymology: from mesler, Fr.

    A meddled state of the orders of the gospel, and the ceremonies of popery, is not the best way to banish popery. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    He that had well ycon’d his lere,
    Thus medled his talk with many a teare. Edmund Spenser.

  2. To Meddleverb

    Etymology: middelen, Dutch.

    It is reported that cassia, when gathered, is put into the skins of beasts newly flayed, which breeding worms, they devour the pith and marrow, and so make it hollow; but meddle not with the back, because it is bitter. Francis Bacon.

    With the power of it upon the spirits of men we will only meddle. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 945.

    I have thus far been an upright judge, not meddling with the design nor disposition. Dryden.

    For my part, I’ll not meddle nor make any farther. William Shakespeare.

    In every turn of state, without meddling on either side, he has always been favourable to merit. Dryden.

    The civil lawyers have pretended to determine concerning the succession of princes; but, by our author’s principles, have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them. John Locke.

    What hast thou to do to meddle with the affairs of my family? to dispose of my estate, old boy? Arbuthnot.

    Why should’st thou meddle to thy hurt. 2 Kings xiv. 10.

    It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. Prov. xx. 3.

    This meddling priest longs to be found a fool. Nicholas Rowe.

    Let me shake off th’ intrusive cares of day,
    And lay the meddling senses all aside. James Thomson, Winter.


  1. Meddle

    Meddle is a song by English singer and songwriter Little Boots from her debut extended play (EP), Arecibo (2008), and later appearing on her debut studio album, Hands (2009). Written by Little Boots and Joe Goddard, the song was released as a limited-edition promotional single in the United Kingdom on 4 August 2008. It would later be used in 2011 Kinect game Dance Central 2.


  1. meddle

    Meddle refers to interfering or involving oneself in something without invitation, in order to alter or hinder an action or situation. It often implies negative, unnecessary, or intrusive participation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meddleverb

    to mix; to mingle

  2. Meddleverb

    to interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- / a good sense

  3. Meddleverb

    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

  4. Meddleverb

    to mix; to mingle


  1. Meddle

    Meddle is the sixth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released on 30 October 1971 by Harvest Records. It was produced between the band's touring commitments, from January to August 1971. The album was recorded at a series of locations around London, including Abbey Road Studios and Morgan Studios. With no material to work with and no clear idea of the album's direction, the band devised a series of novel experiments which eventually inspired the album's signature track, "Echoes". Although many of the group's later albums would be unified by a central theme with lyrics written mainly by Roger Waters, Meddle was a group effort with lyrical contributions from each member. The cover, containing a close-up shot of an ear underwater, was, as with several previous albums, designed by Hipgnosis, though Storm Thorgerson was unhappy with the final result. The album was well received by music critics upon its release. However, despite being commercially successful in the United Kingdom, lacklustre publicity on the part of their United States-based label led to poor sales there.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Meddle

    med′l, v.i. to interfere unnecessarily (with or in): to take part in a matter with which one has nothing to do: to have to do (with).—n. Medd′ler, one who interferes with matters in which he has no concern.—adj. Medd′lesome, given to meddling.—n. Medd′lesomeness.—adj. Medd′ling, interfering in the concerns of others: officious—also n. [O. Fr. medler, a corr. of mesler (Fr. mêler)—Low L. misculare—L. miscēre, to mix.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of meddle in a Sentence

  1. Michael Cohen:

    As an American, I repudiate Russia's or any other foreign government's attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process, and I would call on all Americans to do the same.

  2. Donald Trump:

    He said he didn't meddle, he said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. Every time he sees me, he says,' I didn't do that.' And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.

  3. Author Unknown:

    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.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Don't meddle in the election, please.

  5. J. R. R. Tolkien:

    Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

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  • einmischenGerman
  • ανακατεύομαιGreek
  • entrometerse, inmiscuirse, injerirseSpanish
  • sekaantua, sotkeutua, sekoittaa, sotkeentuaFinnish
  • se mêlerFrench
  • immischiarsiItalian
  • おせっかいをする, 干渉するJapanese
  • auwaha, rawekeMāori
  • moeien, zich, bemoeien, tussenkomenDutch
  • смешать, вмешиваться, лезть, вмешаться, смешиватьRussian

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