- The definition of else is a different person or thing, or something more.
- An example of else is running into someone other than who you were expecting to see; someone else.
- An example of else is asking what more can be added at the end of something said; what else.
- Else is defined as in a different way, place or time.
An example of else is blowing up a balloon with a different gas; what else can I use?
else definition by Webster's New World
- different; other: somebody else
- in addition; more: is there anything else?
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old English elles, adv. genitive of noun base el-, other (as in Old English el-land, foreign land), akin to Gothic aljis, Old High German elles, of same formation ; from Indo-European base an unverified form al-, that, yonder one from source Classical Latin alius, another, alienus, belonging to another, Classical Greek allos, other
- in a different or additional time, place, or manner; differently; otherwise: where else can I go?
- if not: study, (or) else you will fail
else definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Other; different: Ask somebody else.
- Additional; more: Would you like anything else?
- In a different or additional time, place, or manner: I always do it this way and I don't know how else it could be done. Where else do you want to go besides Miami?
- If not; otherwise: Be careful, or else you will make a mess.
Origin: Middle English elles, from Old English; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: Else is often used redundantly in combination with prepositions such as but, except, and besides. The sentence No one else but Sam saw the accident would thus be better without else. • When a pronoun is followed by else, the possessive form is generally written with the 's following else: That must be someone else's (not someone's else) book. Both who else's and whose else are in use, but not whose else's: Who else's book could it have been? Whose else could it have been? See Usage Notes at who, whose.
else - Phrases/Idioms