Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Officious; unwarrantably busy or officiously interposing in other men's affairs: as, a meddling neighbor.
  • noun The act or habit of interfering in matters not of one's proper concern.
  • noun Contention in battle; fighting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Meddlesome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That meddles.
  • noun Action of the verb meddle.
  • verb Present participle of meddle.

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

  • noun the act of altering something secretly or improperly
  • adjective intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

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Examples

  • In addition to that political context, the word meddling gives an audacious or severe rightness to the action of this particular poem and its fabric: In another emotional context, meddling would not feel right as a term for poetic striving for something more ambitious or more glorious? than simply to please.

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  • He criticized the the United States for what he called meddling in Egyptian affairs.

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  • This is likely to provoke more anger from Hillary's major supporters, who have expressed fury at Dean for statements like this, which they characterize as meddling in the Dem primary.

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  • The BBC adds: Iran has singled out Britain and the BBC in its widespread condemnation of what it calls meddling by foreign powers in its affairs.

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  • This is likely to provoke more anger from Hillary's major supporters, who have expressed fury at Dean for statements like this, which they characterize as meddling in the Dem primary.

    Howard Dean: Party Elders All Agree Race Shouldn't Go To Convention

  • On Nov. 3, Mr. Musharraf suspended the constitution and said he was imposing emergency rule because of an Islamist insurgency and because of what he called the meddling of the judiciary.

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  • But, with a sly laugh, he notes he has some name recognition - due to what he calls meddling by "a faction in the government."

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  • He rails against the Department of Energy for what he calls meddling in local energy development, and wants a smaller Department of Education, which he says is "encroaching on local parents and educators."

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  • Gbagbo's camp rejects what it calls meddling by foreigner.

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  • Gbagbo himself has said little in public since the vote, but his camp has been adamant in condemning what it calls meddling in its internal affairs and has shown no sign of giving in.

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