Word of the day

The word for today is…

interloper (noun) – 1. One that interferes with the affairs of others, often for selfish reasons; a meddler.
2. One that intrudes in a place, situation, or activity.
3. (Archaic) (a) One that trespasses on a trade monopoly, as by conducting unauthorised trade in an area designated to a chartered company.
(b) A ship or other vessel used in such trade.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1590s, enterloper, “unauthorised 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,” from Proto-Germanic *hlaupan “to leap”. General sense of “self-interested intruder” is from 1630s.


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