- 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 ōþer (“other, second”), from Proto-Germanic *anþeraz (“other, second”), from Proto-Indo-European *ánteros (“other”). Cognate with Scots uther, ither (“other”), Old Frisian ōther, ("other"; > North Frisian üđer, ööder, ouder), Old Saxon ōthar (“other”), Old High German ander (“other”), Old Norse annarr, øðr-, aðr- (“other, second”), Gothic (anþar, “other”), Old Prussian anters, antars (“other, second”), Lithuanian antroks (“other”, pronoun), Latvian otrs, otrais (“second”), Russian второй (vtoroy, “second”), Albanian ndërroj (“to change, switch, alternate”), Sanskrit अन्तर (ántara, “different”), Sanskrit अन्य (anyá, “other, different”).
- (obsolete) or
Probably Old English oþþe.