• (British) IPA: /ˈmɛd.əl/, /ˈmɛdl̩/

meddle (meddles, present participle meddling; past and past participle meddled)

  1. To interfere in or with; to concern oneself with unduly. [from 14thc.]
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Kings 14:10 ↗:
      Why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt?
    • 1689, John Locke, Two Treatises on Civil Government
      The civil lawyers […] have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them.
  2. (obsolete) To interest or engage oneself; to have to do (with), in a good sense.
    • 1560, Geneva Bible, Thessalonians 4:11
      Study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own business.
  3. (obsolete) To mix (something) with some other substance; to commingle, combine, blend. [14th-17thc.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      he cut a locke of all their heare, / Which medling with their bloud and earth, he threw / Into the graue […].
  4. (intransitive, now US regional) To have sex. [from 14thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter v], in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      But after god came to Adam and bad hym knowe his wyf flesshly as nature requyred / Soo lay Adam with his wyf vnder the same tree / and anone the tree whiche was whyte and ful grene as ony grasse and alle that came oute of hit / and in the same tyme that they medled to gyders there was Abel begoten / thus was the tree longe of grene colour
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 5, member 1, subsection v:
      Take a ram's head that never meddled with an ewe, cut off at a blow, and the horns only taken away, boil it well, skin and wool together […].
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