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interloper

[in-ter-loh-per] /ˈɪn tərˌloʊ pər/
noun
1.
a person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others:
He was an athiest who felt like an interloper in this religious gathering.
2.
a person who intrudes into a region, field, or trade without a proper license.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95;inter- + -loper (see landloper)

interlope

[in-ter-lohp, in-ter-lohp] /ˌɪn tərˈloʊp, ˈɪn tərˌloʊp/
verb (used without object), interloped, interloping.
1.
to intrude into some region or field of trade without a proper license.
2.
to thrust oneself into the affairs of others.
Origin
1595-1605; probably back formation from interloper, equivalent to inter- + -loper (see landloper)
Related forms
interloper, noun
Synonyms
1. trespass, poach, encroach. 2. meddle.
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British Dictionary definitions for interlopers

interloper

/ˈɪntəˌləʊpə/
noun
1.
an intruder
2.
a person who introduces himself into professional or social circles where he does not belong
3.
a person who interferes in matters that are not his concern
4.
a person who trades unlawfully
Word Origin
C17: from inter- + loper, from Middle Dutch loopen to leap
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Word Origin and History for interlopers

interlope

v.

early 17c., a back-formation from interloper, or else from inter- + lope (see interloper). Related: Interloped; interloping.

interloper

n.

1590s, enterloper, "unauthorized trader trespassing on privileges of chartered companies," probably a hybrid from inter- "between" + -loper (from landloper "vagabond, adventurer," also, according to Johnson, "a term of reproach used by seamen of those who pass their lives on shore"); perhaps a dialectal form of leap, or from Middle Dutch loper "runner, rover," from lopen "to run." General sense of "self-interested intruder" is from 1630s.

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