Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is excluded from a party, association, or set.
  • n. One who is isolated or detached from the activities or concerns of his or her own community.
  • n. A contestant given little chance of winning; a long shot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who is not part of a community or organization.
  • n. A newcomer with little or no experience in an organization or community.
  • n. A competitor or contestant who has little chance of winning; a long shot; a dark horse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One not belonging to the concern, institution, party, etc., spoken of; one disconnected in interest or feeling.
  • n. A locksmith's pinchers for grasping the point of a key in the keyhole, to open a door from the outside when the key is inside.
  • n. A horse which is not a favorite in the betting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is on the outside of an inclosure, barrier, boundary, etc., literally or figuratively; one who is without.
  • n. One who is unconnected or unacquainted with the matter in question.
  • n. In horse racing, a horse not included among the favorites, or not a favorite in the betting.
  • n. plural A pair of nippers with semi-tubular jaws which can be inserted in a keyhole from the outside to turn the key.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contestant (human or animal) not considered to have a good chance to win
  • n. someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group

Etymologies

outside +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Glasgow - the first or last slice from a loaf of bread.

    December 26, 2007

  • same here

    August 16, 2007

  • It's good to be an outsider. But I guess if we were all outsiders then really no one would be... I should probably go to bed.

    August 16, 2007