Definition of other in English:


adjective & pronoun

  • 1Used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known about.

    as adjective ‘stick the camera on a tripod or some other means of support’
    ‘other people found her difficult’
    as pronoun ‘a language unrelated to any other’
    • ‘Some other way has to be found, and the only viable option would seem to be carbon sequestration.’
    • ‘Is that what has happened out here, or is there some other reason why we are different?’
    • ‘The answer might be trains but equally it might be some other new or neglected technology.’
    • ‘The journey is called off, replanned for some other time.’
    • ‘Whether it was through laziness in throwing it away or for some other reason, I don't know.’
    • ‘Surely the best place for such tags would be on the tail of the shirt or some other low contact area.’
    • ‘Future generations will have to find some other way to rise up against their parents.’
    • ‘It has no pool, and is not as luxurious as some other places, but it is private and offers extremely good value.’
    • ‘They know that they will only be able to make up this gap if some other market takes off in a spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘We did a run of clothes and some other stuff over to the new house, then went back and packed some more.’
    • ‘The winner progresses to the next level and the loser goes home to try to become a millionaire by some other means.’
    • ‘Find some other way to convey that this was not a case of murder by strangers.’
    • ‘They look like us, but the people on the news seem to exist in some other dimension.’
    • ‘If my guess is correct then your problem could be related to ageing or some other cause.’
    • ‘The idea had been put forward that she was making it all up, that she had a fantasy or some other motive.’
    • ‘Clearly they do need an appropriate pay rise, as do some other public employees.’
    • ‘We do not yet know if this is the case or if fast cells differ from slow ones in some other way.’
    • ‘So I've brought some compost inside to warm up and will repot the peppers some other time.’
    • ‘The second photo should be of a street sign or some other distinguishing landmark at the node.’
    • ‘He will be sadly missed, and I hope he finds some other way to continue his good work.’
    1. 1.1 Alternative of two.
      as adjective ‘the other side of the street’
      ‘my other brother’
      as pronoun ‘she flung up first one arm and then the other’
      ‘one or other of his parents’
      • ‘You'll almost always find that one or the other of those works and the other one doesn't.’
      • ‘On the other side we wrote down a possible solution, or a question mark if we didn't know.’
      • ‘On one side, he's got a bed, a toilet and a shower, and on the other side, just a table.’
      • ‘The roadworks, which take up one lane of the street, are fenced off on the other side by wire mesh panels.’
      • ‘The really big question for the rest of us in Europe is what victory for one side or the other will mean in economic terms.’
      • ‘That side is open again now and the contractors have moved to the other side.’
      • ‘If one or other of two claims is true and one of these isn't, the other must be.’
      • ‘By contrast, the other side knew exactly what it was doing and how to go about it.’
      • ‘The problem arises where there is conflicting evidence on one or other or both issues.’
      • ‘The presidency has on a number of occasions played a crucial role in favouring one or other side.’
      • ‘In times of unrest, crossing from one side to the other means putting your life at risk.’
      • ‘If production of one or other predominates, then body fluids tend to become acid or alkaline.’
      • ‘Finally, projected costs can be massaged to make one or other option look more attractive.’
      • ‘It is very different from a case where one or other only is to blame, but clearly not both.’
      • ‘It recognises that one or other or both of the parties may be affected by the event in question.’
      • ‘Continue over the slippery rocks round to the other side, and clamber up a steep, grassy slope.’
      • ‘While it opens doors, it can cloud your perception of what's on the other side.’
      • ‘Childhood walks would invariably end up along the sea wall, with fields on one side and on the other the river.’
      • ‘Once on the other side, there's a special air about the place - it's so remote and lush.’
      • ‘All one could do was apply pressure on one or other party to implement better policies.’
      alternative, different, dissimilar, disparate, distinct, separate, contrasting, unlike, variant
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    2. 1.2 Those remaining in a group; those not already mentioned.
      as adjective ‘they took the other three away in an ambulance’
      as pronoun ‘Freddie set off and the others followed’
      • ‘The van drove off when the lights changed and the others continued to follow.’
      • ‘Mama and I rested when we could, especially when we stopped to let the others rest.’
      • ‘We need more places like that, where one person can catch up on breakfast while the others have lunch.’
      • ‘My eyes move to the rest of the others, able to see them more clearly due to the red glow lighting them up.’
      • ‘I doubt there is anything the others can do to wrest this focus away from her.’
      • ‘He looked around at the others, and could already feel a sense of familiarity deep in his bones.’
      • ‘All of the books in the series have been dark and grim, but this one is even more so than the others.’
      • ‘The others were dispersed through the rest of the army in infantry support roles.’
      • ‘That man then ran back to the Rover where two of the others had already gone.’
      • ‘By the time he reached the car park the others had already disappeared back into the community hall.’
      • ‘In 2004 it has become just another fashion mag, no better or worse than all the others.’
      • ‘The ones who were sick should really have come by ambulance and the others shouldn't have come at all.’
      • ‘In this he is the exception, for the others all began to write early in life.’
      • ‘Each of the exchanges has also been trying to steal business from the others.’
      • ‘The others excluding the two girls had already admitted their roles in the attack.’
      • ‘For some reason the man ignored the others and kept moving slowly towards me.’
      • ‘The others had scattered, though one of the girls remained in our corner, thus making us a trio.’
      • ‘The group was split in two with half taking part in the exercise programme and the others acting as a control.’
      • ‘Its complex interrelatedness means that each short work helps gloss the others.’
      • ‘One particularly stormy night, Byron challenged the others to tell a ghost story.’
      remainder, residue, balance, remaining number, remaining part, remaining quantity, number left over, part left over, quantity left over, number that is left over, part that is left over, quantity that is left over, others, those left, remains, remnant, remnants, rump, surplus, difference, extra, excess, superfluity, overflow, overspill, additional material, additional people, additional things, extra material, extra people, extra things
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  • 2Further; additional.

    as adjective ‘one other word of advice’
    as pronoun ‘Labour would have 49 MPs plus ten others’
    • ‘She also wants to be able to leave a small sum to cover additional costs if other names come to light.’
    • ‘There are also some other really funny videos made by the same guys on there.’
    • ‘There are some other shows too in this genre but we're not going to go into details.’
    • ‘I hoped he would come in again some other time when I was on duty, but he never did.’
    • ‘Some other time I will fill you all in on the time between her diagnosis and her death.’
    • ‘The appellants raised other grounds in addition to that which occasioned the reference.’
    • ‘Evacuation may be effected from a few other places in addition to the above, of which notice will be given.’
    • ‘There are some other familiar faces within the cast, but no one overtly famous.’
    • ‘One other lingering question from last night's documentary is how did he become so thin?’
    • ‘He has no regrets about that loose comment or any of the others he has fired out over the course of a colourful career.’
    • ‘Will the trees get enough sun here, and could you suggest some other plants for the same border?’
    more, further, additional, extra, added, supplementary, supplemental
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  • 3the otherBritish informal pronoun Used euphemistically to refer to sexual intercourse.

    ‘a bit of the other’
  • 4the otherSociology Philosophy
    pronoun That which is distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself.

    ‘she needs to escape the tyranny of the Other’
    • ‘Thus it is in opposition to the other that psychoanalysis has conceptualised the self to emerge.’


[with object]
  • View or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself.

    ‘a critique of the ways in which the elderly are othered by society’


  • how the other half lives

    • Used to express or allude to the way of life of a different group in society, especially a wealthier one.

      ‘he has spent six years showing TV viewers how the other half lives’
      • ‘And they are just about reason enough to see how the other half live in High Society.’
      • ‘So I actually got to see how the other half lives, cosseted away in their curtained off world of hot towels, free wine, chocolates, and cookies.’
      • ‘She presents a breezy overview of issues relevant to men who are interested in seeing how the other half lives.’
      • ‘Come on princess, time to see how the other half lives.’
      • ‘It was great to see how the other half live and to imagine how I could spend £30,000 in a day.’
      • ‘They are mostly experimentalists, so those of you who hang out at blogs like this one can see how the other half lives.’
      • ‘Here, we saw how the other half live and we saw it from the first few minutes.’
      • ‘Though his conclusions are a little predigested, he wants to create enlightening and ultimately dignifying experiences that teach people how the other half lives.’
      • ‘One of the most beautiful women in the world sees how the other half lives.’
      • ‘He is spending a week to see how the other half live as part of a yet unnamed BBC documentary.’
  • no other

    • archaic Nothing else.

      ‘we can do no other’
      • ‘The inauguration of the first black Archbishop of York in history was like no other.’
      • ‘So anxious has he been to crack down that he has agreed a treaty like no other.’
      • ‘The sense of elation at having beaten the odds and quitting while ahead gives a buzz like no other.’
  • other than

    • 1Apart from; except.

      ‘he claims not to own anything other than his home’
      • ‘These are strange times to be putting up a statue to anything other than flux.’
      • ‘I shall not pretend that this was anything other than a bad result, because it was.’
      • ‘No amount of reconstruction can bring to life anything other than the most recent events.’
      • ‘It's simply unacceptable for anything other than the truth to be taught in schools.’
      • ‘The police never pretend their figures are based on anything other than reported crime.’
      • ‘I don't want to say anything other than I went down the wrong side of the lock and got stuck.’
      • ‘I'm the only one now who can look over and see anything other than open water beside us.’
      • ‘You don't for a moment consider anything other than a real fire when you live deep in the country.’
      • ‘Nor would it ever cross their minds to ask me to write about anything other than here.’
      • ‘He had never intended to use the knife for anything other than breaking into the property.’
      apart from, besides, in addition to, over and above, beyond, not counting, leaving aside, barring, other than, but, but for, excluding, not including, without, with the exception of, except, except for, excepting, omitting, leaving out, short of, save, save for
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      1. 1.1Differently or different from; otherwise than.
        ‘there is no suggestion that we are to take this other than literally’
  • the other day (or night, week, etc.)

    • A few days (or nights, weeks, etc.) ago.

      • ‘He's saying that the prisoner issue wasn't that important until just the other week.’
      • ‘So, as advised the other week, tighten those lower abdominal muscles and suck in that belly.’
      • ‘I understood it even less after your word of explanation the other week.’
      • ‘I dragged the photo albums down from the attic the other week and I have been looking through them for suitable scans.’
      • ‘You know the wheel that my hubcap went missing from the other week?’
      • ‘I came across this article the other week and checked out the night sky every so often since.’
      • ‘When I bought the car the other week, I knew that one of the problems was that the heater motor didn't work correctly.’
      • ‘We still keep in touch with each other - I visited one only the other week, while on holiday in the Shetland Isles.’
      • ‘I picked up a copy of the book by chance the other day, and started reading it last night.’
      • ‘I think I forgot to mention that the club editor called me the other week to say he loved the idea and promised to try for a feature if we do another one.’
  • the other thing

    • humorous An unexpressed alternative.

      ‘if you keep a lot of rules I'll reward you, and if you don't I'll do the other thing’
      • ‘I struggle with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other thing for a while and then I brush them off.’
      • ‘When she wants to go to the toilet she rings a bell once for a wee and twice for the other thing.’
      • ‘Well, it's not exactly fine, but it's better than the other thing.’
  • someone (or something or somehow etc.) or other

    • Some unspecified or unknown person, thing, manner, etc.

      ‘they were protesting about something or other’
      • ‘I should like to be able to claim the moral high ground here because we all need to feel moral about something or other, but sadly I can't.’
      • ‘He was the right honourable something or other, and had a significant property portfolio; I was never quite sure why he worked.’
      • ‘Every now and again, of course, we've had to come aside and remind someone or other of… something or other.’
      • ‘Those two sessions were three days apart, which proves something or other.’
      • ‘I know she ordered it off the back of a box of something or other, but for the life of me I can't remember what.’
      • ‘The statement you refer to is one I use regularly when people tell me that they would do something or other but they just don't have as much time as other people.’
      • ‘It is easy to give lip service to support something or other but it is another matter altogether to give you time year in and year out to a service.’
      • ‘I was told that did not fall under the zero tolerance guidelines or the school's code of something or other.’
      • ‘I've also heard whispers about me being trained for something or other.’
      • ‘I'm tired of walking into work and having someone asking me to support their kid's something or other.’


Old English ōther, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German ander, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘different’.