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From Anglo-Norman medler, variant of Anglo-Norman and Old French mesler, meller, from Late Latin misculare, from Latin miscere ‎(to mix).



meddle ‎(third-person singular simple present meddles, present participle meddling, simple past and past participle meddled)

  1. (obsolete) To mix (something) with some other substance; to commingle, combine, blend. [14th-17thc.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      he cut a locke of all their heare, / Which medling with their bloud and earth, he threw / Into the graue [].
  2. (intransitive, now US regional) To have sex. [from 14thc.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVII, chapter v:
      But after god came to Adam and bad hym knowe his wyf flesshly as nature requyred / Soo lay Adam with his wyf vnder the same tree / and anone the tree whiche was whyte and ful grene as ony grasse and alle that came oute of hit / and in the same tyme that they medled to gyders there was Abel begoten / thus was the tree longe of grene colour
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.5.1.v:
      Take a ram's head that never meddled with an ewe, cut off at a blow, and the horns only taken away, boil it well, skin and wool together [].
  3. To interfere in or with; to concern oneself with unduly. [from 14thc.]
    • Bible, 2 Kings xiv.10:
      Why shouldst thou meddle to thy hurt?
    • John Locke
      The civil lawyers [] have meddled in a matter that belongs not to them.
  4. (obsolete) To interest or engage oneself; to have to do (with), in a good sense.
    • Tyndale
      Study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own business.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Barrow to this entry?)

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