- a person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others: He was an athiest who felt like an interloper in this religious gathering.
- a person who intrudes into a region, field, or trade without a proper license.
Origin of interloper
Examples from the Web for interloper
Eloy may have been an interloper in the catwalk world, but Galliano's idiosyncratic creative ethic is what lured him in.Paris' Sad Galliano Expo
June 21, 2011
Are you afraid of being thought of as an interloper—a young, left-wing woman from Britain writing about American business?Ken Lay Lives!
April 26, 2010
Then why demand of Ailes that his opera bouffe company treat you as anything other than an interloper?How Fox News Outsmarted the White House
October 14, 2009
Thus satisfied that I was not an interloper, he moved his vehicle and allowed me to pass.Gates’ Historical Baggage
July 26, 2009
Suddenly I realize, sitting here looking at her defend herself against an interloper like me, how wrong I have been about her.Behind the Glow
October 6, 2008
His eyes glowed steadily as he contemplated this interloper in his domain.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
But I don't like the idea of having such an interloper here.The Universal Reciter
He looks on the other man as an interloper, and his priest encourages that view.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
No sound was heard, and no demonstrations from the interloper were made.
He whirled to meet the expected onslaught of the interloper.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
- an intruder
- a person who introduces himself into professional or social circles where he does not belong
- a person who interferes in matters that are not his concern
- a person who trades unlawfully
Word Origin and History for interloper
1590s, enterloper, "unauthorized trader trespassing on privileges of chartered companies," probably a hybrid from inter- "between" + -loper (from landloper "vagabond, adventurer," also, according to Johnson, "a term of reproach used by seamen of those who pass their lives on shore"); perhaps a dialectal form of leap, or from Middle Dutch loper "runner, rover," from lopen "to run." General sense of "self-interested intruder" is from 1630s.