in·​ter·​lope ˌin-tər-ˈlōp How to pronounce interlope (audio)
interloped; interloping

intransitive verb

: to encroach on the rights (as in trade) of others

Examples of interlope in a Sentence

regarded the new couple as a pair of interloping parvenus who were sure to upset the town's social hierarchy
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Word History


probably back-formation from interloper, from inter- + -loper (akin to Middle Dutch lopen to run, Old English hlēapan to leap) — more at leap

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interlope was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Interlope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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