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[out-sahy-der] /ˌaʊtˈsaɪ dər/
a person not belonging to a particular group, set, party, etc.:
Society often regards the artist as an outsider.
a person unconnected or unacquainted with the matter in question:
Not being a parent, I was regarded as an outsider.
a racehorse, sports team, or other competitor not considered likely to win or succeed.
a person or thing not within an enclosure, boundary, etc.
Origin of outsider
1790-1800; outside + -er1 Unabridged
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  • The fellow is an absolute outsider, anyone can see that.
  • It is true that people are kind but not necessarily welcoming to an outsider.
  • Anybody outside our own in-group is automatically an outsider, and therefore not to be trusted.
  • But to an outsider they seem indistinguishable from the more established manses.
  • To an outsider, the randomness of such discoveries is shocking.
  • About the only thing they hated more than each other was an outsider.
  • Along these same lines, a contributor's hometown was noted if she was an outsider.
  • Implicitly suggest the weaknesses of any outsider who doesn't know the deep history of the place.
  • Sometimes an outsider can help us see inside ourselves.
  • The outsider seems quite pleasant at the interview and thus is perceived to have an advantage.
British Dictionary definitions for outsider


a person or thing excluded from or not a member of a set, group, etc
a contestant, esp a horse, thought unlikely to win in a race
(Canadian) (in the north) a person who does not live in the Arctic regions
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Word Origin and History for outsider

1800, from outside; figurative sense of "a person isolated from conventional society" is first recorded 1907. The sense of race horses "outside" the favorites is from 1836; hence outside chance (1909).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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