interloper

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1590s, from inter- +‎ loper ‎(runner, rover), as in landloper ‎(vagrant) (from Dutch) or lope ‎(to leap, to jump) (originally dialectal). 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.[1]

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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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  1. ^ interloper” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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