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From Anglo-Norman entremedler (= Old French entremesler), from inter- + medler.
intermeddle (third-person singular simple present intermeddles, present participle intermeddling, simple past and past participle intermeddled)
- (obsolete, transitive) To mix, mingle together. [14th–18th c.]
- (obsolete, reflexive) To get mixed up (with). [15th–17th c.]
- (intransitive) To butt in, to interfere in or with. [from 15th c.]
- a. 1627 (date written), Francis [Bacon], “Considerations Touching a VVarre vvith Spaine. […]”, in William Rawley, editor, Certaine Miscellany VVorks of the Right Honourable Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount S. Alban. […], London: […] I. Hauiland for Humphrey Robinson, […], published 1629, →OCLC:
- The practice of Spain hath been, […] by war […] and […] by conditions of treaty, to intermeddle with foreign states.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter 2, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC, book Book I:
- 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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