intermeddle

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman entremedler (= Old French entremesler), from inter- + medler.

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intermeddle (third-person singular simple present intermeddles, present participle intermeddling, simple past and past participle intermeddled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To mix, mingle together. [14th-18thc.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVII, chapter xv:
      Ryghte soo entryd he in to the chamber and cam toward the table of syluer / and whanne he came nyghe he felte a brethe that hym thoughte hit was entremedled with fyre whiche smote hym so sore in the vysage that hym thoughte it brente vysage / and there with he felle to the erthe and had no power to aryse
  2. (obsolete, reflexive) To get mixed up (with). [15th-17thc.]
  3. (intransitive) To butt in, to interfere in or with. [from 15thc.]
    • Francis Bacon
      The practice of Spain hath been, by war and by conditions of treaty, to intermeddle with foreign states.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Book I, Ch.2:
      I must desire all those critics to mind their own business, and not to intermeddle with affairs or works which no ways concern them; for till they produce the authority by which they are constituted judges, I shall not plead to their jurisdiction.

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