Definition of other in English:


pronoun & adjective

  • 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’
    1. 1.1Alternative 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’
      alternative, different, dissimilar, disparate, distinct, separate, contrasting, unlike, variant
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    2. 1.2Those 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’
      remainder, residue, balance, remaining number, remaining part, remaining quantity, part/number/quantity, 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’
    more, further, additional, extra, added, supplementary, supplemental
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  • 3British informal [pronoun] Used euphemistically to refer to sexual intercourse.

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

    ‘she needs to escape the tyranny of the Other’


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

    • archaic Nothing else.

      ‘we can do 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.’
      • ‘The inauguration of the first black Archbishop of York in history was like no other.’
  • other than

    • 1[with negative or in questions]Apart from; except.

      [as preposition] ‘he claims not to own anything other than his home’
      • ‘The police never pretend their figures are based on anything other than reported crime.’
      • ‘These are strange times to be putting up a statue to anything other than flux.’
      • ‘No amount of reconstruction can bring to life anything other than the most recent events.’
      • ‘He had never intended to use the knife for anything other than breaking into the property.’
      • ‘You don't for a moment consider anything other than a real fire when you live deep in the country.’
      • ‘I shall not pretend that this was anything other than a bad result, because it was.’
      • ‘It's simply unacceptable for anything other than the truth to be taught in schools.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nor would it ever cross their minds to ask me to write about anything other than here.’
      apart from, besides, in addition to, over and above, beyond, not counting, leaving aside, barring, other than, excluding, not including, without, with the exception of, except, except for, excepting, omitting, leaving out, short of
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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’
  • on the other hand

  • the other day (or night, week, etc.)

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

      • ‘I understood it even less after your word of explanation the other week.’
      • ‘I came across this article the other week and checked out the night sky every so often since.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I bought the car the other week, I knew that one of the problems was that the heater motor didn't work correctly.’
      • ‘I dragged the photo albums down from the attic the other week and I have been looking through them for suitable scans.’
      • ‘I picked up a copy of the book by chance the other day, and started reading it last night.’
      • ‘So, as advised the other week, tighten those lower abdominal muscles and suck in that belly.’
      • ‘You know the wheel that my hubcap went missing from the other week?’
      • ‘We still keep in touch with each other - I visited one only the other week, while on holiday in the Shetland Isles.’
      • ‘He's saying that the prisoner issue wasn't that important until just the other week.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was the right honourable something or other, and had a significant property portfolio; I was never quite sure why he worked.’
      • ‘I was told that did not fall under the zero tolerance guidelines or the school's code of something or other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those two sessions were three days apart, which proves something or other.’
      • ‘I've also heard whispers about me being trained for 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.’
      • ‘I'm tired of walking into work and having someone asking me to support their kid's 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.’
      • ‘Every now and again, of course, we've had to come aside and remind someone or other of… something or other.’


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