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Definition inclined to intrude in other people's affairs or business
  • fear a meddlesome government agency arbitraily enforcing vague rules
  • You meddlesome, D-list goddess!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • It may be replied that some meddlesome human writers, notably Boethius, have let this secret out.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • "Then hold your meddlesome tongue," said Solomon, "and come out, if you want to speak to me.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • OSHA had long been despised by the nation's manufacturers, who considered the agency a source of meddlesome regulations and unnecessary red tape.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Your great-aunt Betsy was meddlesome disposed that-a-way.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Mr. Curtain had transformed all those meddlesome people into his own private workforce, and they didn't even realize it.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • It seemed to her that her aunt was meddlesome; and from this came a vague apprehension that she would spoil something.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • 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."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • The help tended to be officious, the rules, if heeded, restrictive, and the management meddlesome.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Two of your companions are dead—yes, even that meddlesome witch—and Murtagh knows nothing of your presence here.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • "It's a good thing Rachel Lynde got a calling down; she's a meddlesome old gossip," was Matthew's consolatory rejoinder.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He was, besides, a meddlesome, inquisitive man, who poked his nose into everything.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Don't you be a meddlesome wench an' poke your nose where it's no cause to go.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • The name Malfoy still commands a certain respect, yet the Ministry grows ever more meddlesome.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Forgive all my meddlesome chatter and forget my advice.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And to get there, those meddlesome demigods will have to travel by sea, eh?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Patients might see no connection between the abusive husband, or meddlesome mother-in-law, or the recent death of their infant, and their dizziness or palpitations.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Meddlesome!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • 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.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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