Interloper meaning

ĭntər-lōpər
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The definition of an interloper is an intruder or someone who butts in where he isn't wanted.

An unwanted house guest who invites himself to stay in your home is an example of an interloper.

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One that interferes with the affairs of others, often for selfish reasons; a meddler.
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One that intrudes in a place, situation, or activity.
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A person who meddles in others' affairs.
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One who interferes, intrudes or gets involved where not welcome, particularly a self-interested intruder.

They disliked the interloper, and forced him to leave.

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Origin of interloper

  • inter– probably Middle Dutch lōper runner (from lōpen to run)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1590s, from inter- +‎ loper (“runner, rover”), as in landloper (“vagrant”) (from Dutch) or lope (“to leap, to jump”) (originally dialectical). Originally spelt enterloper and used in specific sense “unauthorized trader trespassing on privileges of chartered companies”, later general sense of “self-interested intruder” from 1630s.

    From Wiktionary