- medle (obsolete)
- IPA(key): /ˈmɛd.əl/
- Rhymes: -ɛdəl
- Homophone: medal
- Homophones: metal, mettle (in accents with flapping)
- To interfere in or with; to concern oneself with unduly. [from 14thc.]
- 2017 January 14, “Thailand's new king rejects the army's proposed constitution”, in The Economist:
- There is much to dislike about the proposed constitution, which will keep elected governments beholden to a senate nominated by the junta and to a suite of meddling committees.
- (obsolete) To interest or engage oneself; to have to do (with), in a good sense.
- 1734, Isaac Barrow, “Lecture II. Of the Particular Division of the Mathematical Sciences”, in John Kirkby, transl., The Usefulness of Mathematical Learning Explained and Demonstrated: Being Mathematical Lectures Read in the Publick Schools at the University of Cambridge. […], London: […] Stephen Austen, […], OCLC 1015466944, page 14:
- (obsolete) To mix (something) with some other substance; to commingle, combine, blend. [14th–17th c.]
- (intransitive, now US regional) To have sex. [from 14thc.]
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter V, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
- 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
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- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 2, section 5, member 1, subsection v, page 323:
- Take a Rammes head that neuer medled with an Ewe, cut off at a blow, and the hornes onely taken away, boyle it well skinne and wooll together, […].
to interfere in affairs
to mix with other substance
to have sex — see have sex
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