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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
Their critics call the Muslims foreign interlopers and emphasize that during British colonial rule, starting in the 1820s, workers from Bangladesh arrived in Rakhine and the Muslim community grew significantly.
The phosphorous atoms are added at random during the growth of a silicon crystal, and these interlopers happily replace a silicon atom.
Until this year, streaming TV had remained an interloper at the Emmys, usually netting just one or two nominations in the Original Series categories.
Those places are pegged as interlopers, disconnected from a place and its history.
But these interlopers also signal tourist dollars: As word spreads about the annual layover of these hard-to-see, popular mammals, polar bear viewing is fast becoming a cottage industry.
Intestinal interlopers In subsequent mouse tests, the researchers found that Kp-2H7 couldn’t colonize the intestines of healthy, wild-type mice.
His switch from the RSC to the National was rocky; he was seen as a traitor by one, as an interloper by the other.
Though helpful bystanders attempted to shine a light on the grossness in the hopes of steering interlopers away from the pile, one group of girls still couldn't help traipsing right through it.
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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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