Definition of outsider in English:



  • 1A person who does not belong to a particular group.

    • ‘For all his renown as an economist, he was something of an outsider in the economics profession.’
    • ‘Thus English people are apt to conceptualize themselves as individuals, while outsiders are seen as members of groups.’
    • ‘Certainly, each generation has its conformers, its rebels, and its outsiders.’
    • ‘In their presence, visitors become intellectuals and outsiders looking in.’
    • ‘Before the invention of doctrine, you can distinguish outsiders because they belong to a tribe.’
    • ‘They were always treated as outsiders, strangers within the small communities that made up medieval towns.’
    • ‘Louisiana politics seems strange to outsiders, I know, but this bill will not be voted on.’
    • ‘‘I felt like an outsider in my own organisation,’ he says, but has since rectified matters.’
    • ‘There were the popular kids and then there was me, the outsider who didn't belong to any of the categories that made up our school.’
    • ‘There is a Japanese proverb that those who live in the temple see outsiders as a little strange.’
    • ‘Imprinted people live in their own world of symbols, and their behavior to an outsider would appear strange.’
    • ‘Almost all of my films of the year came from abroad, or were made in America by foreigners or outsiders.’
    • ‘You may even feel like an outsider - a foreigner in your own country.’
    • ‘We are faced by an organisation of outsiders completely free from any emotion about how this may affect our community.’
    • ‘Their view will be that of the outsider, the visitor, the tourist.’
    • ‘When his appointment was originally announced, outsiders were surprised.’
    stranger, visitor, non-member, odd man out
    foreigner, alien, outlander, immigrant, emigrant, émigré
    incomer, newcomer, parvenu, arriviste, interloper, intruder, gatecrasher
    outcast, misfit, individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, unorthodox person, original, bohemian, eccentric, maverick, rebel, dissenter, dissident
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    1. 1.1A person who is not accepted by or who is isolated from society.
      • ‘He has always felt somewhat of an outsider, ‘someone who does not wholly belong to where he finds himself.’’
      • ‘I profess it sometimes is difficult to fit in a society that always considers you an outsider.’
      • ‘His most notable films deal with outsiders on the margins of society, exhibiting insight and compassion rather than easy sentiment.’
      • ‘It's a celebration of how strong all of us are to persist despite being occasionally seen as outsiders to society.’
      • ‘He presented himself as an honest and virtuous man, a spokesman for the outsiders in society.’
      • ‘It would be very difficult for an outsider to be accepted.’
      • ‘Instead of isolating people and making them feel like outsiders, it should be an agency of inclusiveness.’
      • ‘Dylan had always been a loner and an outsider; now he was more isolated than ever.’
      • ‘We were looking for a word to express the feeling of being an outsider in society, like watching a movie all the time.’
      • ‘This strange childhood always made him feel like an outsider and music and art were his dual forms of escape.’
      • ‘They too were reviled as outsiders, branded as parasites on the indigenous society.’
      • ‘That made me even more of an outsider, a freak some people said.’
      • ‘Born in tough, blue-collar Pittsburgh to a Polish immigrant family, he was an outsider from the start.’
      • ‘A lot of the group who often feel outsiders in their professional lives are offered a sense of being insiders for a change.’
      • ‘As a nation of the disenfranchised, freaks, and outsiders, we can identify with the yearning to fit in somewhere.’
      • ‘People had loved her mother, but the daughter had always been considered and oddball, an outsider.’
      • ‘Many people accused others of being witches if they disliked them or if they were outsiders in society.’
      • ‘These are not works of an isolate, primitive, or emotionally distraught outsider.’
  • 2A competitor, applicant, etc., thought to have little chance of success.

    ‘he started as a rank outsider for the title’
    • ‘It would be especially memorable for Ringrose, who travelled to the grand prix in Rome in 1961 as a rank outsider but came away with the title.’
    • ‘When they failed to qualify for USA 94, to us they were simply regressing to their natural state as rank outsiders.’
    • ‘The oldest gunslinger still in town twanged a hamstring just before this particular high noon, leaving him no more than an outsider's chance of taking part.’
    • ‘Suddenly alarm bells start going off when you realise that not only will you not be getting flowers but even the prospect of a card is a rank outsider.’
    • ‘But there's still a slim chance that the outsider will win, and that will be enough to keep people watching.’
    • ‘I'd never have picked dog number 3, a rank outsider with little chance, but I put down my money with complete confidence.’
    • ‘For that kind of money they will need to bet on a rank outsider.’
    • ‘Perhaps changing roles from fancied favourites to rank outsiders will not be bad in itself.’
    • ‘They'll still be rank outsiders when it comes down to the final four, but my advice to whoever they meet in the semifinals is to tread with caution.’
    • ‘I read in yesterday's Evening Press that I am one of the rank outsiders for this race, and by the time you read this we'll know whether that status was justified.’
    • ‘They are there on merit and merit alone, and they'll neither be upset nor flustered at being rated the rank outsiders.’
    • ‘Waterford were rank outsiders, while Tipp were the hottest of favourites.’
    • ‘At the other end of the spectrum, Newry have never reached the final of the cup and will approach this game as rank outsiders.’
    • ‘After a week when racing has come under scrutiny over trainers allegedly cheating, two rank outsiders made a mockery of the conspiracy theories yesterday.’
    • ‘The girls were ranked as outsiders to qualify and it is only the third year they had been competing at this level.’
    • ‘Senegal are not, arriving in the last eight as rank outsiders.’
    • ‘We were rank outsiders the last time and we should have won.’
    • ‘Scotland will journey southward as rank outsiders.’
    • ‘Despite being rated as the rank outsider in the contest, Ms Shortall said she believes a large number of members are undecided.’
    • ‘Beem was a rank outsider to take the title at the start of the week but a final round of 68 gave him a one-shot victory over a charging Tiger Woods.’