out·​sid·​er | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsī-dər How to pronounce outsider (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˌsī-\

Definition of outsider

1 : a person who does not belong to a particular group
2 chiefly British : a contender not expected to win

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Other Words from outsider

outsiderness noun

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foreigner, nonnative, outlander, stranger



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Examples of outsider in a Sentence

To outsiders, the ritual may seem strange. She felt like an outsider in her new school. An outsider defeated the champion! She was a rank outsider who managed to win.
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In recent days, the contest in West Virginia has received the most national attention, with Blankenship portraying himself as a true conservative outsider. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Morrisey pulls off upset in W.Va. Senate primary, as Indiana’s Braun and Ohio’s Renacci win nominations," 2 Oct. 2018 His Republican challenger, Mike Braun, is a businessman and state legislator who has modeled himself as a Trump-like outsider. NBC News, "The vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick spells danger for this Democratic senator," 1 July 2018 Unlike Trump, López Obrador is no political outsider, but a career politician who has managed to burnish his image as incorruptible and authentic. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Mexico’s new president is a populist who railed against the ruling class. But he’s no Trump.," 1 July 2018 In other cases, the president’s endorsements have defied his reputation as a political outsider who has little interest in going along to get along. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Trump Ran as a Renegade. Now He’s Trying to Keep Them at Bay.," 1 June 2018 Women are running for office in unprecedented numbers, progressives are trying to capture the insurgent energy of Sanders’ campaign, and political outsiders are jumping into the arena. Time, "The Michigan Governor's Race is a Glimpse of the Democratic Party's Future," 31 May 2018 But Jaffe said his background as a political outsider and status as the only Democrat in the race from Central Florida, combined with aggressive policy roll-outs and visits with Democratic and activist groups around the state gives him a shot. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Chris King shakes up Democratic primary in governor race," 22 May 2018 Gonzalez was a true political outsider, a first-time candidate who wasn't even known for speaking out politically during his football career. Seth A. Richardson & Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Here are the 9 most interesting storylines from this week's Ohio primary election," 11 May 2018 Braun campaigned successfully as a political outsider, though his business record is likely to face closer scrutiny in the general election. Author: Jonathan Martin, Alexander Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Party mavericks rebuffed at the polls in primary elections," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of outsider

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to or is not accepted as part of a particular group or organization
chiefly British : a person or animal that is not expected to win a race or competition


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Kids Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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