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  • They were meddlesome fools, too.   (source)
    meddlesome = inclined to intrude in other people's affairs or business
  • And to get there, those meddlesome demigods will have to travel by sea, eh?†   (source)
  • "Now, Johnnie," objected her mother, "don't you get meddlesome just because you're a old maid.†   (source)
  • Don't you be meddlesome.†   (source)
  • It may be replied that some meddlesome human writers, notably Boethius, have let this secret out.†   (source)
  • Don't you be a meddlesome wench an' poke your nose where it's no cause to go.†   (source)
  • "We've all heard of this meddlesome Englishman, this accursed Scarlet Pimpernel.†   (source)
  • Forgive all my meddlesome chatter and forget my advice.†   (source)
  • He was, besides, a meddlesome, inquisitive man, who poked his nose into everything.†   (source)
  • "Then hold your meddlesome tongue," said Solomon, "and come out, if you want to speak to me.†   (source)
  • I am a very proud and meddlesome old woman.†   (source)
  • These rumours soon grew in extravagance; there was no doubt that this band of meddlesome Englishmen did exist; moreover, they seemed to be under the leadership of a man whose pluck and audacity were almost fabulous.†   (source)
  • There was no one here, no meddlesome fellow tooting danger on his little horn, unless it might have been Herr Settembrini, who had called out through his cupped hands to Hans Castorp as he vanished.†   (source)
  • So she took and dusted us both with the hickry, and we was as much as two hours catching another fifteen or sixteen, drat that meddlesome cub, and they warn't the likeliest, nuther, because the first haul was the pick of the flock.†   (source)
  • "It's a good thing Rachel Lynde got a calling down; she's a meddlesome old gossip," was Matthew's consolatory rejoinder.†   (source)
  • All these places are given as the point where this meddlesome Englishman has bidden the traitor de Tournay and others to meet his emissaries.†   (source)
  • Chauvelin had sworn to his colleagues in Paris that he would discover the identity of that meddlesome Englishman, entice him over to France, and then ….†   (source)
  • More than that, I will pledge you the word of France, that the day I lay hands on that meddlesome Englishman, St. Just will be here in England, safe in the arms of his charming sister.†   (source)
  • The paper always contained a brief notice that the band of meddlesome Englishmen were at work, and it was always signed with a device drawn in red—a little star-shaped flower, which we in England call the Scarlet Pimpernel.†   (source)
  • Nature, poetic, silent, balmy, the bright moon, the calm, silvery sea spoke of beauty and of rest, and Chauvelin cursed nature, cursed man and woman, and above all, he cursed all long-legged, meddlesome British enigmas with one gigantic curse.†   (source)
  • It seemed to her that her aunt was meddlesome; and from this came a vague apprehension that she would spoil something.†   (source)
  • Tom's heart was fired—with fury against the planter's wife; and he said to himself, "But for that meddlesome fool, everything would have gone all right."†   (source)
  • Under cover of his character of singing-master, he made frequent visits at the farmhouse; not that he had anything to apprehend from the meddlesome interference of parents, which is so often a stumbling-block in the path of lovers.†   (source)
  • A consummate sense of her aunt's meddlesome folly had come over her during the last five minutes, and she was sickened at the thought that Mrs. Penniman had been let loose, as it were, upon her happiness.†   (source)
  • Bronzini looked on, sitting in when someone left but otherwise a kibitzer, unmeddlesome, content to savor the company and try the wine, sometimes good, sometimes overfermented, better used to spike a salad.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unmeddlesome means not and reverses the meaning of meddlesome. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • To which Sancho made answer, "Far better would it be not to look for him, for, if we find him, and he happens to be the owner of the money, it is plain I must restore it; it would be better, therefore, that without taking this needless trouble, I should keep possession of it until in some other less meddlesome and officious way the real owner may be discovered; and perhaps that will be when I shall have spent it, and then the king will hold me harmless."†   (source)
  • "I have heard of this book already," said Don Quixote, "and verily and on my conscience I thought it had been by this time burned to ashes as a meddlesome intruder; but its Martinmas will come to it as it does to every pig; for fictions have the more merit and charm about them the more nearly they approach the truth or what looks like it; and true stories, the truer they are the better they are;" and so saying he walked out of the printing office with a certain amount of displeasure in…†   (source)
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