meddle (v.) early 14c., "to mingle, blend, mix," from O.N.Fr. medler (O.Fr. mesler, 12c., Mod.Fr. mêler) "to mix, mingle, to meddle," from V.L. *misculare (source of Prov. mesclar, Sp. mezclar, It. mescolare, meschiare), from L. miscere "to mix" (see MIX (Cf. mix) (v.)). From late 14c. as "busy oneself, be concerned with, engage in;" also disparagingly "interfere, be officious, make a nuisance of oneself" (the notion is of meddling too much). From mid-14c. to 1700, it also was a euphemism for "have sexual intercourse." Related: Meddled; MEDDLING (Cf. meddling).

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