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Webster's Dictionary 1828


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Meddle

MED'DLE, verb intransitive

1. To have to do; to take part; to interpose and act in the concerns of others, or in affairs in which one's interposition is not necessary; often with the sense of intrusion or officiousness.

I have thus far been an upright judge, not meddling with the design nor disposition.

What hast thou to do to meddle with the affairs of my family?

Why should'st thou meddle to thy hurt? 2 Kings 14:10.

2. To have to do; to touch; to handle. meddle not with edge-tools, is an admonition to children. When the object is specified, meddle is properly followed by with or in; usually by the former.

The civil lawyers--have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them.

MED'DLE, verb transitive To mix, to mingle.

He meddled his talk with many a tear.