[ in-ter-lohp, in-ter-lohp ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈloʊp, ˈɪn tərˌloʊp /

verb (used without object), in·ter·loped, in·ter·lop·ing.

to intrude into some region or field of trade without a proper license.
to thrust oneself into the affairs of others.

Nearby words

  1. interlocking directorate,
  2. interlocking directorates,
  3. interlocution,
  4. interlocutor,
  5. interlocutory,
  6. interloper,
  7. interlude,
  8. interlunar,
  9. interlunation,
  10. intermarriage

Origin of interlope

1595–1605; probably back formation from interloper, equivalent to inter- + -loper (see landloper)

Related formsin·ter·lop·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for interlope



early 17c., a back-formation from interloper, or else from inter- + lope (see interloper). Related: Interloped; interloping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper