Definition of interloper in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘They are surprised into open-mouthed silence at suddenly finding the brazen interloper trespassing within their domestic domain.’
    • ‘We fight this quarrel out to the death, you and I and our foresters, with no cursed interlopers to come between us.’
    • ‘This clannishness tends to make interlopers like Swingley, who didn't start racing until he was 36, all the more conspicuous.’
    • ‘But it also stoked public fear of an invisible horde of foreign interlopers.’
    • ‘How do you like to deal with wireless 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.’
    • ‘According to witnesses, the interlopers wreaked havoc at the packed discussion, interrupted, attacked and screamed like banshees.’
    • ‘But when Independence came, some Africans looked on the Asians as interlopers, foreigners depriving the locals of jobs and economic opportunity.’
    • ‘But we began to enjoy being interlopers in this other dimension.’
    • ‘A strong sense of clanship pervaded these villages, making men from other clans feel like interlopers.’
    • ‘We are dreamers, idealists, romantics - interlopers, charlatans, scoundrels.’
    • ‘During a lull, the men reminisce about the times they've defied intrusive government inspectors and other interlopers.’
    • ‘This time last year I seemed at best a guest and at worst an interloper in a foreign space.’
    • ‘Unlike scribes, persons who were involved in printing were crude and untutored - frequently German interlopers taking work from Italian scribes.’
    • ‘Among the small knot of people waiting for it, I was the only outsider; an interloper at a closed get-together.’
    • ‘But then a voice wakes me up and I am an interloper again; a stranger in a strange land.’
    • ‘The intimacy born of crisis does not welcome interlopers.’
    • ‘Or, to put it another way, he was the gate-crasher, the interloper, the thief who stole the thunder.’
    • ‘They can be overheard mocking the previous two groups of interlopers.’
    intruder, encroacher, trespasser, invader, infiltrator, unwanted person, unwanted visitor, uninvited guest
    outsider, stranger, immigrant, foreigner, alien, newcomer
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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).