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Examples of interloper in a Sentence
I had hoped to help my neighbors, but they regarded me as an interloper.
summer residents were regarded as interlopers who had no deep commitment to the town's welfare
Recent Examples of interloper from the Web
Before construction on the school actually begins, planning gets bogged down in cultural miscommunication, local rivalries and the conflicting agendas of various interlopers.
When Donald Trump first emerged as a genuine threat to seize the Republican nomination, Charles and David Koch represented the epitome of elite right-wing opposition to the populist interloper.
But instead of reacting with fear or getting security to remove the interloper, Dion’s magnanimity prevailed.
But elsewhere, the prevailing assembly-line, build-it-yourself model baffled me; there were too many mix-ins and toppings, including oddball interlopers like corn and kale, and the marinades were more like heavy sauces.
But something strange happened as Kimmel chatted with Will on Thursday night: an interloper took to the stage, wearing a T-shirt and jeans.
Billions of these peewee interlopers, most originating in Earth’s atmosphere or the sun’s core, pass through our bodies every second, yet the odds of an interior collision are remote.
In her pocket-size new book, the Cambridge classicist writes about the ways in which women have been regarded as interlopers in public life from the time of Aristotle up to the present day.
But if Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka are at anything close to full health, there’s very little room for an interloper.
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The History of interloper
When English speakers combined "inter-" with "-loper" in the late 1500s, they already had a word landloper (now archaic) for "a person who runs about the land" (in other words, a vagrant). The "-loper" part of "interloper" is related to Middle Dutch and Old English words meaning "to run" and "to leap." An "interloper" is essentially one who jumps into the midst of things without an invitation to do so. In its earliest uses, "interloper" referred specifically to one who interfered in trade illegally - that is, a trader who trespassed on the rights or charters of others. Sometimes "interloper" even referred to a ship employed in illegal trading. But the word quickly took on extended use, coming to refer not just to intrusion in trade but also in personal affairs or other matters.
First Known Use of interloper
Synonymsbuttinsky (also buttinski), interferer, busybody, intermeddler, intruder, kibitzer (also kibbitzer), meddler, nosey parker [chiefly British]
Related Wordsgaper, gawker, gawper [chiefly British], gazer, peeper, peeping Tom, prier (also pryer), rubberneck, rubbernecker, snoop, snooper, spy; blabber, discloser, gossip, gossiper, prattler, quidnunc, revealer, teller; betrayer, talebearer, tattler, tattletale, telltale; snake, sneak; informant, informer, snitcher, squealer, stool pigeon
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