meddler

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɛdlɚ/, /ˈmɛdl̩ɚ/

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meddle +‎ -er

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meddler (plural meddlers)

  1. One who meddles or interferes in something not of their concern.
    • 1759, Adam Smith, The theory of moral sentiments
      The prudent man is not willing to subject himself to any responsibility which his duty does not impose upon him. He is not a bustler in business where he has no concern; is not a meddler in other people’s affairs; is not a professed counsellor or adviser, who obtrudes his advice where nobody is asking it.
    • 1868, Horatio Alger, Struggling Upward
      “Yes, Mr. Coleman, I have,” answered Luke steadily. “I thought it my duty to inform this man of your character. I have advised him to put his money into a savings-bank.”
      “Curse you for an impertinent meddler!” said Coleman wrathfully. “I’ll get even with you for this!”
      “You can do as you please,” said Luke calmly.
    • 1934, H. P. Lovecraft, Through the Gates of the Silver Key, chapter 8
      “Stop!” The hoarse, oddly alien voice of the Swami held a tone beyond all mere earthly fright “I told you there was another form of proof which I could give if necessary, and I warned you not to provoke me to it. This red-faced old meddler is right; I’m not really an East Indian. This face is a mask, and what it covers is not human.”

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