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[med-l-suh m] /ˈmɛd l səm/
given to meddling; interfering; intrusive.
Origin of meddlesome
1605-15; meddle + -some1
Related forms
meddlesomely, adverb
meddlesomeness, noun
unmeddlesome, adjective
See curious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meddlesome
  • Of course, much of this is simply stonewalling by executives determined to keep meddlesome politicians out of their business.
  • The quicker that it can remove itself from these companies, the less meddlesome the public will feel it is being in the market.
  • There were the mindless and the meddlesome as well as those who turned to direct action or clandestine activity.
  • He particularly hated producers who went on location and asked what he considered to be inane and meddlesome questions.
  • And school curriculums are under constant pressure from meddlesome governments.
  • Courts may be slow, politicians meddlesome and bribery a problem.
  • At times, it can also be meddlesome and contradictory.
British Dictionary definitions for meddlesome


intrusive or meddling
Derived Forms
meddlesomely, adverb
meddlesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for meddlesome

1610s, from meddle + -some (1). Earlier was medlous "quarrelsome, meddlesome" (mid-15c.). Related: Meddlesomely. Character name Meddlesome Mattie attested from 1814.

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