Synthesis - Symptom notes - Meddlesome



  • Given to intruding in other people’s affairs
  • Synonyms
    • Interfering, intruding, obtrusive, officious
  • Antonyms
    • Not readily seen or noticed: unobtrusive, obscure, inconspicuous, unnoticeable.
    • Keeping a low profile, quiet, restrained, subdued, tasteful

Situation / characterization

  • One thinks of a ‘busy-body’ - someone who takes great interest in gossip, 'poking their nose in' / 'sticking their oar in' to others' affairs. 
  • A jobsworth politician/ spindoctor - twisting versions of events to suit their own political whim.
  • A dastardly cartoon villain who concocts meddlesome plans to usurp the hero from their coveted pedestal.
  • Meddlesome activities may help some to compensate for lack of self worth, feeling ameliorated by the knowledge that somebody else suffers more than them.