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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
Ruth and Debbie still haven’t made amends, and while the rest of the women are happy to be back together, there’s an interloper in their midsts: Yolanda.
Today the interloper is the four-legged kind: a massive raccoon who trundles to the open entrance of the woodshop, intrigued by some empty pizza boxes on the ground.
Eventually, the stories of a mother, father, son, deceased child, and ostensible interloper in a family materialized.
Mr Macron was the perfect champion of this potentially alarming manifesto, a fast-moving interloper in touch with the new century.
Well before any of this, Abbott’s readers will have guessed that they’re headed toward a fateful meeting between A Square and an interloper from Spaceland, the third dimension.
The New York Post is reporting that the summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un will have a special interloper, retired basketball great Dennis Rodman.
So long as his supporters are sufficiently spooked by the spectre of raping, murderous dark interlopers in their midst, they can't be bothered to care that Trump and his cronies are flagrantly harvesting personal riches out of public works.
Who, according to the laws of the sitcom interloper, deserves the audience’s attention and investment and care?
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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.
INTERLOPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interloper for English Language Learners
: a person who is not wanted or welcome by the other people in a situation or place
INTERLOPER Defined for Kids
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