in·​ter·​lope | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlōp How to pronounce interlope (audio) , ˈin-tər-ˌlōp \
interloped; interloping

Definition of interlope

intransitive verb

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

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regarded the new couple as a pair of interloping parvenus who were sure to upset the town's social hierarchy
Recent Examples on the Web Even my mother, an expert in detecting interloping odors, couldn’t catch anything. Luke Winkie, Vox, "From condemning “white terrorism” to condemning video games: Republican responses to El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 And so Beyonce wanting to be in that just seemed like interloping. Joy-ann Reid, Cosmopolitan, "The Power in Being an Angry Black Woman," 13 Feb. 2018 Europeans are taught a history of migration from birth, of Greeks and Romans spreading over Europe, conquering lands, and interloping afar. Adam Rutherford, The Atlantic, "A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of interlope

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interlope

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

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“Interlope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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