Meaning of interloper in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪntələʊpə/

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  • A person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong.

    ‘Japanese consumers have in the past been unreceptive to foreign interlopers in the cell phone market’
    • ‘to her I was always an outsider, an interloper’
    • ‘That I am a stranger, an interloper, who does not belong in this amazing, fantastical world.’
    • ‘But it also stoked public fear of an invisible horde of foreign interlopers.’
    • ‘This time last year I seemed at best a guest and at worst an interloper in a foreign space.’
    • ‘But when Independence came, some Africans looked on the Asians as interlopers, foreigners depriving the locals of jobs and economic opportunity.’
    • ‘Or, to put it another way, he was the gate-crasher, the interloper, the thief who stole the thunder.’
    • ‘Among the small knot of people waiting for it, I was the only outsider; an interloper at a closed get-together.’
    • ‘They are surprised into open-mouthed silence at suddenly finding the brazen interloper trespassing within their domestic domain.’
    • ‘Unlike scribes, persons who were involved in printing were crude and untutored - frequently German interlopers taking work from Italian scribes.’
    • ‘But then a voice wakes me up and I am an interloper again; a stranger in a strange land.’
    • ‘This clannishness tends to make interlopers like Swingley, who didn't start racing until he was 36, all the more conspicuous.’
    • ‘According to witnesses, the interlopers wreaked havoc at the packed discussion, interrupted, attacked and screamed like banshees.’
    • ‘The intimacy born of crisis does not welcome interlopers.’
    • ‘During a lull, the men reminisce about the times they've defied intrusive government inspectors and other interlopers.’
    • ‘They can be overheard mocking the previous two groups of interlopers.’
    • ‘Two of the interlopers eventually move off, but the third, a middle-aged woman with dyed-blonde hair, sits down to wait it out.’
    • ‘But we began to enjoy being interlopers in this other dimension.’
    • ‘We are dreamers, idealists, romantics - interlopers, charlatans, scoundrels.’
    • ‘A strong sense of clanship pervaded these villages, making men from other clans feel like interlopers.’
    • ‘We fight this quarrel out to the death, you and I and our foresters, with no cursed interlopers to come between us.’
    • ‘How do you like to deal with wireless interlopers?’
    intruder, encroacher, trespasser, invader, infiltrator, unwanted person, unwanted visitor, uninvited guest
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Late 16th century (denoting an unauthorized trader trespassing on the rights of a trade monopoly): from inter-‘amid’ + -loper as in archaic landloper ‘vagabond’ (from Middle Dutch landlooper).