meddling

noun
the act of altering something secretly or improperly (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑tampering
Derivationally related forms: ↑tamper (for: ↑tampering), ↑meddle
Hypernyms: ↑change of state
adjective
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner (Freq. 2)
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an interfering old woman

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bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself

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busy about other people's business

Syn: ↑interfering, ↑meddlesome, ↑officious, ↑busy, ↑busybodied
Similar to: ↑intrusive
Derivationally related forms: ↑officiousness (for: ↑officious), ↑meddlesomeness (for: ↑meddlesome)

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  • Meddling — Med dling, a. Meddlesome. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meddling — index interest (concern), intrusion, molestation, obtrusive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • meddling — (n.) action of blending, mid 14c., from prp. of MEDDLE (Cf. meddle) (v.). Meaning action of taking part, interference is late 14c. As a pp. adjective, from 1520s. Related: Meddlingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • Meddling — Meddle Med dle , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Meddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Meddling}.] [OE. medlen to mix, OF. medler, mesler, F. m[^e]ler, LL. misculare, a dim. fr. L. miscere to mix. [root]271. See {Mix}, and cf. {Medley}, {Mellay}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meddling — 1. adjective That meddles. Syn: annoying 2. noun Action of the verb meddle …   Wiktionary

  • meddling — Synonyms and related words: busy, busybody, butting in, forward, forwardness, impertinence, impertinent, inquisitive, inquisitiveness, intermeddling, intrusiveness, meddlesome, meddlesomeness, nosy, obtrusiveness, officious, officiousness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • meddling — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. interfering, interrupting, snooping; see interference 2 , rudeness . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I noun The act or an instance of interfering or intruding: interference, intervention, intrusion, obtrusion. See PARTICIPATE. II …   English dictionary for students

  • meddling — medlɪŋ n. being nosy, involving oneself in other people s affairs; act of one who meddles med·dle || medl v. interfere with others affairs; show concern or become involved with affairs that are not one s business …   English contemporary dictionary

  • meddling — a. See meddlesome …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • meddling — med·dling …   English syllables

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