1590s, from inter- + loper, as in landloper ("vagrant") (from lope ("to leap, to jump") (originally dialectal). Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: [ˌɪntəˈləʊ̯pə]
  • (America) IPA: [ˌɪɾ̃ɚˈloʊ̯pɚ], [ˌɪntɚˈloʊ̯pɚ]

interloper (plural interlopers)

  1. (obsolete) An unlicensed or illegitimate trader.
  2. 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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