meddling

Meddling is getting involved in something despite that fact that your participation is completely unwanted. If your parents planned out your entire social life, you'd be justified in accusing them of meddling.

To meddle is to "interfere in something that's not your concern," and it comes from a root meaning "to mix." Meddling can be used as a noun or as an adjective, to describe annoying people who poke their noses into your business. If you've ever watched old Scooby Doo cartoons, you've heard a villain complain about "those meddling kids!"

Definitions of meddling
  1. noun
    the act of interfering with or altering something secretly or improperly
    synonyms: tampering
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    type of:
    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  2. adjective
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
    synonyms: busy, busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, officious
    intrusive
    tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)
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