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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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  • What is the conduct specially characteristic of a meddlesome person?

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • He was meddlesome with perfect modesty; if he knew a thing or two there was no merit in it.

  • And he won't toss his head,—just this way,—like a young lord of creation, when meddlesome aunties venture to give him advice.

    Little Folks Astray Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
  • He was meddlesome, wrong-headed, unreasonable, and bold with it all.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • This meddlesome intruder, furthermore, tried so to modify the Synagogue service that it might encourage Christian ideas.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
  • I didn't say a word about the names she called her,—meddlesome Matty, and all that.

  • "John is a meddlesome fellow," said Jasper, in a tone of vexation.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
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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