from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is excluded from a party, association, or set.
- n. One who is isolated or detached from the activities or concerns of his or her own community.
- n. A contestant given little chance of winning; a long shot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who is not part of a community or organization.
- n. A newcomer with little or no experience in an organization or community.
- n. A competitor or contestant who has little chance of winning; a long shot; a dark horse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One not belonging to the concern, institution, party, etc., spoken of; one disconnected in interest or feeling.
- n. A locksmith's pinchers for grasping the point of a key in the keyhole, to open a door from the outside when the key is inside.
- n. A horse which is not a favorite in the betting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is on the outside of an inclosure, barrier, boundary, etc., literally or figuratively; one who is without.
- n. One who is unconnected or unacquainted with the matter in question.
- n. In horse racing, a horse not included among the favorites, or not a favorite in the betting.
- n. plural A pair of nippers with semi-tubular jaws which can be inserted in a keyhole from the outside to turn the key.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a contestant (human or animal) not considered to have a good chance to win
- n. someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group
While hired with a mandate to restore a sense of trust in police after several scandals, he never shook the label "outsider" and his relationship with the union was tense.
Just as fixed-gear, indie rock aficionados usually balk at being categorized as hipsters, people in the outsider art world eschew the label outsider art.
For the past 15 years, Margaret Wertheim has been collecting similar works by such hermit scientists, or what she calls "outsider physicists."
If lack of melanin doesn't disqualify Olsson than perhaps mentality should; when Olsson uses the word "outsider" to describe himself he assumes this is a novel way of approaching black culture, despite the fact that this voyeuristic way of documenting is a favorite for white American filmmakers Hoop Dreams, Waiting for Superman...
Upon scrutiny, the lyrics of their chants did suggest a certain "outsider" quality.
No outsider is going to attack you down there in the dark.
With the CIA mess, an outsider is just what is needed to clean up this mess.
Do I really think the ultimate political outsider is going to be the guy who bested everyone at their own game in the Chicago political machine?
If they think an outsider is interfering then they quickley band together against the outsider threat.
"An outsider is bound to assume that panels are stacked against them, given that some knowledge of the industry and the complexity of the products require a certain level of sophistication and results in insiders being on the panels," Nichols explains.
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