ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe a person as meddlesome, you are criticizing them because they try to influence or change things that do not concern them.

...a meddlesome member of the public.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • meddlesome — (adj.) 1610s, from MEDDLE (Cf. meddle) + SOME (Cf. some). Earlier was medlous quarrelsome, meddlesome (mid 15c.). Related: Meddlesomely. Character name Meddlesome Mattie attested from 1814 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Meddlesome — Med dle*some, a. Given to meddling; apt to interpose in the affairs of others; officiously intrusive. {Med dle*some*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meddlesome — index obtrusive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • meddlesome — *impertinent, intrusive, obtrusive, officious Analogous words: interfering, meddling, intermeddling, tampering (see MEDDLE): prying, snoopy, nosy, inquisitive, *curious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • meddlesome — [adj] interfering busy, busybody*, chiseling*, curious, encumbering, hindering, impeding, impertinent, intermeddling, interposing, interrupting, intruding, intrusive, kibitzing*, meddling, mischievous, nosy, obstructive, officious, prying, pushy …   New thesaurus

  • meddlesome — [med′ lsəm] adj. meddling or inclined to meddle; interfering SYN. CURIOUS meddlesomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • meddlesome — med|dle|some [ˈmedlsəm] adj a meddlesome person becomes involved in situations that do not concern them, in a way that annoys people = ↑interfering ▪ a meddlesome old woman …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • meddlesome — adjective Inclined or having a tendency to meddle or interfere in other peoples business. If those meddlesome kids hadnt turned me in, Id have gotten away with my nefarious scheme! Syn: interfering, kibitzing, nosy …   Wiktionary

  • meddlesome — adjective tending to become involved in situations that do not concern you, in a way that annoys people: that meddlesome old woman …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • meddlesome — adjective my meddlesome neighbor is peering out the window at us Syn: interfering, meddling, intrusive, prying, busybody; informal nosy See note at impertinent …   Thesaurus of popular words