AskDefine | Define outsider

Dictionary Definition



1 someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group [syn: foreigner]
2 a constestant (human or animal) not considered to have a good chance to win

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Someone who is excluded from a community.
  2. A competitor or contestant who has little chance of winning; a long shot
  3. An apprentice upholsterer


Extensive Definition

Outsider often refers to one identified as on the periphery of social norms, one living or working apart from mainstream society, or one observing a group from the outside, as used in:
  • Outsider Art, created by artists working outside the mainstream art world
  • Outsider music, composed or performed by musicians working outside the musical mainstream
Outsider may also refer to:
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See also

outsider in German: Outsider
outsider in French: Outsider
outsider in Korean: 아웃사이더
outsider in Japanese: アウトサイダー
outsider in Polish: Outsider
outsider in Ukrainian: Аутсайдери

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Jim Crow, Uitlander, alien, apartheid, auslander, barbarian, case, character, color bar, crackpot, crank, deracine, displaced person, division, eccentric, emigre, ethnocentrism, exclusiveness, exile, fanatic, foreign devil, foreigner, gatecrasher, gringo, guest, hermit, hobo, insularity, insulation, interloper, intruder, invader, isolation, know-nothingism, kook, lone wolf, loner, maverick, meshuggenah, narrowness, natural, newcomer, nonconformist, nut, odd fellow, oddball, oddity, original, out-group, outcast, outlander, outlaw, pariah, parochialism, persona non grata, quarantine, queer duck, queer fish, queer specimen, race hatred, racial segregation, rara avis, refugee, screwball, seclusion, segregation, separation, snobbishness, solitary, squatter, stranger, the Wandering Jew, tightness, tramontane, tramp, trespasser, type, ultramontane, visitor, wanderer, xenophobia, zealot
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