Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.
  • intransitive v. To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To mix; to mingle.
  • intransitive v. To interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- in a good sense.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To mix; to mingle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix; mingle.
  • To be mixed or mingled; mix.
  • To mingle in association or interest; concern one's self; take part; deal: generally requiring with in construction.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Middle English medlen, from Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Old French mesler, from Vulgar Latin *misculāre, to mix thoroughly, from Latin miscēre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Anglo-Norman and Old French mesler, meller, from Late Latin misculare, from Latin miscere ("to mix"). (Wiktionary)

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    May 11, 2012

  • yay! dictionary haiku!

    May 10, 2012

  • Meddle (1)
    A haiku by the American Heritage Dictionary

    To intrude into
    other people's affairs or
    business; interfere.

    May 10, 2012