Definition of outsider in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌoutˈsīdər/


1A person who does not belong to a particular group.
Example sentences
  • Before the invention of doctrine, you can distinguish outsiders because they belong to a tribe.
  • There were the popular kids and then there was me, the outsider who didn't belong to any of the categories that made up our school.
  • We are faced by an organisation of outsiders completely free from any emotion about how this may affect our community.
1.1A person who is not accepted by or who is isolated from society.
Example sentences
  • He presented himself as an honest and virtuous man, a spokesman for the outsiders in society.
  • It's a celebration of how strong all of us are to persist despite being occasionally seen as outsiders to society.
  • It would be very difficult for an outsider to be accepted.
2A competitor, applicant, etc., thought to have little chance of success: he started as a rank outsider for the title
More example sentences
  • I'd never have picked dog number 3, a rank outsider with little chance, but I put down my money with complete confidence.
  • Despite being rated as the rank outsider in the contest, Ms Shortall said she believes a large number of members are undecided.
  • Beem was a rank outsider to take the title at the start of the week but a final round of 68 gave him a one-shot victory over a charging Tiger Woods.

Words that rhyme with outsider

chider, cider, divider, eider, glider, Guider, Haida, hider, Ida, insider, Oneida, provider, rider, Ryder, Saida, slider, spider, strider, stridor

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Syllabification: out·sid·er

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