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[in-ter-lohp, in-ter-lohp]
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verb (used without object), in·ter·loped, in·ter·lop·ing.
  1. to intrude into some region or field of trade without a proper license.
  2. to thrust oneself into the affairs of others.
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Origin of interlope

1595–1605; probably back formation from interloper, equivalent to inter- + -loper (see landloper)
Related formsin·ter·lop·er, noun

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Related Words for interloping

hinder, advance, intrude, snoop, trespass, inquire, tamper, impose, interpose, interfere, infringe, encumber, impede, encroach, obtrude, molest, pry, invade, kibitz, busybody

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Historical Examples of interloping

  • But for this interloping, distant relative from foreign shores they were prepared.

    The Madigans

    Miriam Michelson

  • The Good Intent is broken up; her interloping is over for good and all.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang

  • He knocked the interloping quill in the direction of its owner.


    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • Also how do we know but that the interloping fellow Fynes is an agent for a whisky firm perhaps?

  • Their fathers were, in their own opinion, striving for the ancient rights of the town against an interloping Smith.

Word Origin and History for interloping



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

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