- different; other: somebody else
- in addition; more: is there anything else?
Origin of elseMiddle English and 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: where else can I go?
- otherwise; if not: now somewhat formal or archaic without or (see the phrase or else below): study, else you will fail
- otherwise; if not: study, or else you will fail
- or face undesirable consequences: often used as a threat: obey the law, or else!