Meddling is getting involved in something despite that fact that your participation is completely unwanted. If your parents planned out your entire social life, you’d be justified in accusing them of meddling.

To meddle is to “interfere in something that’s not your concern,” and it comes from a root meaning “to mix.” Meddling can be used as a noun or as an adjective, to describe annoying people who poke their noses into your business. If you’ve ever watched old Scooby Doo cartoons, you’ve heard a villain complain about “those meddling kids!”

Definitions of meddling
  1. noun

    the act of interfering with or altering something secretly or improperly

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    type of:

    change of state

    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

  2. adjective

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

    busy, busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, officious


    tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)

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