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[ out-sahy-der ]


  1. a person not belonging to a particular group, set, party, etc.:

    Society often regards the artist as an outsider.

  2. a person unconnected or unacquainted with the matter in question:

    Not being a parent, I was regarded as an outsider.

  3. a racehorse, sports team, or other competitor not considered likely to win or succeed.
  4. a person or thing not within an enclosure, boundary, etc.


/ ˌaʊtˈsaɪdə /


  1. a person or thing excluded from or not a member of a set, group, etc
  2. a contestant, esp a horse, thought unlikely to win in a race
  3. (in the north) a person who does not live in the Arctic regions

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Word History and Origins

Origin of outsider1

First recorded in 1790–1800; outside + -er 1

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Example Sentences

That was true whether the outsiders were companies, governments or health-care workers.

He is a veteran who has learned to see violence as a solution, she said, a man who grew up feeling like an outsider.

It slanders outsiders and blames them for social and economic ills.

WSB is a generally disorganized mess of posters throwing up memes and slang that can be hard to parse for an outsider.

Tiger Global is known for grooming investors within its operations rather than hiring outsiders, so a new top lieutenant would almost surely come from its current team.

Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.

Artists now consider the Ideal Palace a piece of “naive” or “outsider” art.

She was an outsider who came inside, and she made the insiders that much better.

Any sort of distinctive term just emphasizes that she is supposed to be considered an outsider.

Some of this, she suspects, is because gay men have been emboldened by their sexual outsider status.

She had no wish to emulate, but neither did she relish feeling provincial, a chit, an outsider.

It struck and injured fatally an innocent outsider, who was taken to the Charity Hospital, in the rue Jacob, and died there.

You go to Washington and get your passport, and if you can't hasten matters don't let an outsider know what you are after.

Long found that, so far as the Chicago gambling situation was concerned, he was an outsider looking in.

No amount of familiarity with this exercise of freedom deadens the horror of it to the outsider.





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