1. a person who meddles, interferes, or deals in something; a person who is involved in some affair ...c1450 obs. exc. Sc.
2. a melodrama ...1915 US colloq.
to strike, to hit, to beat ...1862 Amer. dial.
n. 1. from mell (vb. to mix, associate, have dealings) + -er
n. 2. a shortened form of mellerdrammer (melodrama)
vb. from mell (vb. to strike or beat with a mallet or hammer; hence, to beat severely) + -er
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
c1450 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Erelles and Emperours nane wille he spare:
Prestys and parsones and prelatis of pryde:
Thies justyce and mellarse of lawe and of lare:
Þat now are fulle ryalle to ryne and to ryde:
From: The Quatrefoil of Love
- Edited from MS by Israel Gollancz and Magdalene Marie Weale, 1935