[ uhth-er ]
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  1. additional or further: he and one other person.

  2. different or distinct from the one or ones already mentioned or implied: I'd like to live in some other city.The TV show follows the lives of people who are married, single, or other.The application gives three gender choices—male, female, and other.

  1. different in nature or kind: I would not have him other than he is.

  2. being the remaining one of two or more: the other hand.

  3. (used with plural nouns) being the remaining ones of a number: the other men;some other countries.

  4. former; earlier: sailing ships of other days.

  5. not long past: the other night.

  1. the other one: Each praises the other.

  2. (often initial capital letter)the other,

    • a group or member of a group that is perceived as different, foreign, strange, etc.: Prejudice comes from fear of the other.

    • a person or thing that is the counterpart of someone or something else: the role of the Other in the development of self.

  1. Usually others . other persons or things: others in the medical profession.

  2. some person or thing else: Surely some friend or other will help me.

  1. otherwise; differently (usually followed by than): We can't collect the rent other than by suing the tenant.

verb (used with object)
  1. to perceive or treat (a group or member of a group) as different, foreign, strange, etc.: Female murderers are othered by characterizing them as psychological oddities.

Idioms about other

  1. every other, every alternate: a meeting every other week.

Origin of other

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English ōther (pronoun, adjective, and noun); cognate with German ander, Gothic anthar; akin to Sanskrit antara-

Words Nearby other

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How to use other in a sentence

  • His name was Lefty something-or-other, and he was about the sneakiest stool the department had.

  • Rodney is thoroughly and comfortably this-worldly; Michael is—other-worldly!

    Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • In conclusion, we must consider an offshoot of other-world ideas—the belief in the transmigration of souls.

  • As a matter of fact, the retributive idea is far from being implicated with other-world hopes.

  • Intellectualism may not always be so clearly other-worldly as Plato shows himself to be in this passage.

    The Behavior of Crowds | Everett Dean Martin

British Dictionary definitions for other


/ (ˈʌðə) /

    • (when used before a singular noun, usually preceded by the) the remaining (one or ones in a group of which one or some have been specified): I'll read the other sections of the paper later

    • the other (as pronoun; functioning as sing): one walks while the other rides

  1. (a) different (one or ones from that or those already specified or understood): he found some other house; no other man but you; other days were happier

  1. additional; further: there are no other possibilities

  2. (preceded by every) alternate; two: it buzzes every other minute

  3. other than

    • apart from; besides: a lady other than his wife

    • different from: he couldn't be other than what he is Archaic form: other from

  4. no other archaic nothing else: I can do no other

  5. or other (preceded by a phrase or word with some) used to add vagueness to the preceding pronoun, noun, noun phrase, or adverb: some dog or other bit him; he's somewhere or other

  6. other things being equal conditions being the same or unchanged

  7. the other day a few days ago

  8. the other thing an unexpressed alternative

  1. another: show me one other

  2. (plural) additional or further ones: the police have found two and are looking for others

  1. (plural) other people or things

  2. the others the remaining ones (of a group): take these and leave the others

  3. (plural) different ones (from those specified or understood): they'd rather have others, not these See also each other, one another

  1. (usually used with a negative and foll by than) otherwise; differently: they couldn't behave other than they do

Origin of other

Old English ōther; related to Old Saxon āthar, ōthar, Old High German andar


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Other Idioms and Phrases with other


In addition to the idioms beginning with other

  • other day, the
  • other fish to fry
  • other good fish in the sea
  • other side of the coin
  • other side of the tracks
  • other than
  • other things being equal
  • other way round, the

also see:

  • at each other's throats
  • do unto others
  • each other
  • every other
  • in one ear and out the other
  • in someone's pocket (live in each other's pockets)
  • in other words
  • laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
  • look the other way
  • made for (each other)
  • none other than
  • on the one (the other) hand
  • or other
  • right (other) side of the tracks
  • shoe is on the other foot
  • six of one, half a dozen of the other
  • the other day
  • this and that (and the other)
  • turn the other cheek
  • wait for the other shoe to drop

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