[ out-sahy-der ]
/ ˌaʊtˈsaɪ dər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. outside forward,
  2. outside half,
  3. outside loop,
  4. outside of,
  5. outside work,
  6. outsider art,
  7. outsight,
  8. outsing,
  9. outsit,
  10. outsize

Origin of outsider

First recorded in 1790–1800; outside + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for outsider


/ (ˌaʊtˈsaɪdə) /


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper