[ in-ter-loh-per ]
/ ˈɪn tərˌloʊ pər /


a person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others: He was an atheist who felt like an interloper in this religious gathering.
a person who intrudes into some region or field of trade without a proper license.

Origin of interloper

First recorded in 1585–95; inter- + lope + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for interloper

/ (ˈɪntəˌləʊpə) /


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 for interloper

C17: from inter- + loper, from Middle Dutch loopen to leap
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