American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that interferes with the affairs of others, often for selfish reasons; a meddler.
- n. One that intrudes in a place, situation, or activity: "When these interlopers choke out native species, ecologists see a danger signal” ( William K. Stevens).
- n. Archaic One that trespasses on a trade monopoly, as by conducting unauthorized trade in an area designated to a chartered company.
- n. Archaic A ship or other vessel used in such trade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who trades without license.
- n. One who interferes obtrusively or officiously; one who thrusts himself into a station to which he has no claim, or into affairs in which he has no interest.
- n. obsolete An unlicensed or illegitimate trader.
- n. One who interferes, intrudes or gets involved where not welcome, particularly a self-interested intruder.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who interlopes; one who unlawfully intrudes upon a property, a station, or an office; one who interferes wrongfully or officiously.
- n. someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
- 1590s, from inter- + loper (“runner, rover”), as in landloper ("vagrant") (from Dutch) or lope ("to leap, to jump") (originally dialectical). Originally spelt enterloper and used in specific sense “unauthorized trader trespassing on privileges of chartered companies”, later general sense of “self-interested intruder” from 1630s. (Wiktionary)
- inter- + probably Middle Dutch lōper, runner (from lōpen, to run). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Dads get off scott free, because hey they aren’t pregnant, it must be Mom’s fault this interloper is arriving.”
“Way back in 2000, every single one came from Asimov’s, F&SF or Analog, save for an interloper from the semi-prozine Interzone.”
“This is especially the case if you have hard water and the interloper is a car parked in your favorite space along your lawn.”
“Meanwhile, back in the Hills, Stephanie takes her new boyfriend Cameron out to dinner with Heidi and Spencer, and naturally someone behaves like a petulant baby by calling the interloper "Stephanie's first boyfriend" and bringing up that old Doug song and dance.”
“There he felt every inch the ragtag interloper he'd been a lifetime ago.”
“His presence in this room under that name was an insult, and he intended to call the interloper to account the very first opportunity he found.”
“He declared, too, that the interloper was the missing Jordan, beyond a doubt, and that he had come there to steal the money he had buried in that same field years before.”
“There was not so long since an instance at Christie's, and a second at Sotheby's, where the high quotations were entirely due to the competition of a so-called interloper, who bade, as he thought, on the judgment of the room, and was signally handicapped.”
“Our plumber has been coming to our house longer than I have, which is twenty-six years, and he seems to think I am some kind of interloper, a Janey-come-lately.”
“There were a lot of DC Dems who were upset with the "interloper" who wasn't letting them reap what they saw as their just rewards, their due, after driving Nixon from office and putting up with "veto pen" Jerry Ford.”
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