a person not belonging to a particular group, set, party, etc.: Society often regards the artist as an outsider.
a person unconnected or unacquainted with the matter in question: Not being a parent, I was regarded as an outsider.
a racehorse, sports team, or other competitor not considered likely to win or succeed.
a person or thing not within an enclosure, boundary, etc.

Origin of outsider

First recorded in 1790–1800; outside + -er1
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Examples from the Web for outsider

Contemporary Examples of outsider

Historical Examples of outsider

  • "Perhaps I am not altogether an outsider, young sir," he replied, calmly.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • After which, as if in despair, the outsider again rattled and jerked the knob.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Mentioning it to Billy might not, indeed, have mattered, since Billy was already an "outsider."

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • It might be difficult for them to explain their presence there to an outsider.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • The latter was an outsider, but they had heard great things of her.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

British Dictionary definitions for outsider



a person or thing excluded from or not a member of a set, group, etc
a contestant, esp a horse, thought unlikely to win in a race
Canadian (in the north) a person who does not live in the Arctic regions
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Word Origin and History for outsider

1800, from outside; figurative sense of "a person isolated from conventional society" is first recorded 1907. The sense of race horses "outside" the favorites is from 1836; hence outside chance (1909).

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