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

  • intransitive v. To interfere in the affairs of others, often officiously; meddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To meddle with the affairs of others; to meddle officiously; to interpose or interfere improperly; to mix or meddle with.
  • transitive v. To intermix; to mingle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take part in some matter; especially, to interfere officiously or impertinently; take part in business with which one has no concern.
  • To give one's self concern.
  • Synonyms Interfere, Intervene, etc. See interpose.
  • To intermix; mingle; mix up.


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

Middle English entermedlen, from Old French entremedler : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + medler, to mix; see meddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman entremedler (= Old French entremesler), from inter- + medler.


  • The militia committee was ordered to draw up a declaration in justification of all that the civic authorities had done, whilst a letter was sent (28 July) to Fairfax deprecating any attempt by the army to "intermeddle" with the liberties or privileges of the city or to interpose in the matter of the militia, which should be used only in defence of parliament and the city without giving occasion for offence to anyone.

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  • I have considered it as a matter between every man and his Maker in which no other, and far less the public, had a right to intermeddle.

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  • The French demanded that the nations “not intermeddle, unless they had a mind to draw all their force upon them.”

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  • Etherington judge of him, and what an ass was I to intermeddle! —

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  • Mrs. Jervis, and Jonathan too, joined in a body, in a bold appeal to Lady Davers, which has given her the insolent handle she has taken to intermeddle in my affairs, I could easily have forgiven all the rest of their conduct; though they have given their tongues no little license about me: But I could have forgiven them, because


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  • Common men and women, however ignorant, may intermeddle with the knowledge of it; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage does not know.

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  • The exciseman replied, without any hesitation, that it was none of his business to intermeddle between man and man; besides, he did not know they were ignorant of

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  • I once more, therefore, insist, that you do not intermeddle.

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