- 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
Related Words for outsiderinterloper, newcomer, foreigner, alien, stranger, refugee, intruder, outlander, floater, incomer
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Contemporary Examples of outsider
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Artists now consider the Ideal Palace a piece of “naive” or “outsider” art.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
She was an outsider who came inside, and she made the insiders that much better.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable
November 18, 2014
Any sort of distinctive term just emphasizes that she is supposed to be considered an outsider.Let’s Get Rid of ‘Plus-Size’ for Good
November 12, 2014
Pressler, who served in Congress for a total of 22 years in both the House and Senate, can hardly be called an outsider.The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November
October 13, 2014
Historical Examples of outsider
"Perhaps I am not altogether an outsider, young sir," he replied, calmly.In the Valley
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
- 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
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).