- The definition of other is the remaining or different one.
An example of other is someone choosing between two people in a line-up and saying it wasn't the man they're pointing at but the man standing next to him, the other man.
Three of these kids are girls but the other one is a boy.
- being the remaining one or ones of two or more: Bill and the other boys
- different or distinct from that or those referred to or implied: use your other foot, not Jane but some other girl
- different in nature or kind: it is other than you think
- further or additional: to have no other coat
- former: the customs of other times
Origin of otherMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German ander, Gothic anthar ; from Indo-European an unverified form anteros, the other of two (; from base an unverified form an, there + comparative suffix) from source Sanskrit ántara-
- the other one: each loved the other
- another or some other person or thing: to do as others do
of all others
the other day (or night, afternoon, etc.)
- a. Being the remaining one of two or more: the other ear.b. Being the remaining ones of several: His other books are still in storage.
- Different from that or those implied or specified: Any other person would tell the truth.
- Of a different character or quality: “a strange, other dimension &ellipsis; where his powers seemed to fail” (Lance Morrow).
- Of a different time or era either future or past: other centuries; other generations.
- Additional; extra: I have no other shoes.
- Opposite or contrary; reverse: the other side.
- Alternate; second: every other day.
- Of the recent past: just the other day.
- a. The remaining one of two or more: One took a taxi, and the other walked home.b. others The remaining ones of several: After her departure the others resumed the discussion.
- a. A different person or thing: one hurricane after the other.b. An additional person or thing: How many others will come later?c. often Other A person or thing considered to represent or epitomize difference or an outgroup. Used with the.
- A different or an additional person or thing: We'll get someone or other to replace him.
- others People aside from oneself: “the eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages” (Virginia Woolf).
Origin of otherMiddle English, from Old English ōther; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more other, superlative most other)
- An other one, more often rendered as another.
- I'm afraid little Robbie does not always play well with others.
- The other one; the second of two.
- One boat is not better than the other.
- Not the one or ones previously referred to.
- Other people would do it differently.
- Apart from; in the phrase "other than".
- Other than that, I'm fine.
(third-person singular simple present others, present participle othering, simple past and past participle othered)
From Middle English other, from Old English ÅÃ¾er (â€œother, secondâ€), from Proto-Germanic *anÃ¾eraz (â€œother, secondâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *Ã¡nteros (â€œotherâ€). Cognate with Scots uther, ither (â€œotherâ€), Old Frisian Åther, ("other"; > North Frisian Ã¼Ä‘er, Ã¶Ã¶der, ouder), Old Saxon Åthar (â€œotherâ€), Old High German ander (â€œotherâ€), Old Norse annarr, Ã¸Ã°r-, aÃ°r- (â€œother, secondâ€), Gothic ðŒ°ðŒ½ðŒ¸ðŒ°ð‚ (anÃ¾ar, â€œotherâ€), Old Prussian anters, antars (â€œother, secondâ€), Lithuanian antroks (â€œotherâ€, pronoun), Latvian otrs, otrais (â€œsecondâ€), Russian Ð²Ñ‚Ð¾Ñ€Ð¾Ð¹ (vtoroy, â€œsecondâ€), Albanian ndÃ«rroj (â€œto change, switch, alternateâ€), Sanskrit à¤…à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¤° (Ã¡ntara, â€œdifferentâ€), Sanskrit à¤…à¤¨à¥à¤¯ (anyÃ¡, â€œother, differentâ€).
- (obsolete) or
Probably Old English oÃ¾Ã¾e.