- not alike in character or quality; distinct in nature; dissimilar: The two brothers are very different, although they are identical twins.
- not identical; separate or distinct: When I asked for directions, three people gave me three different answers.
- various; several: Different people told me the same story.
- not ordinary; unusual: I know my new hat is a bit different, but I thought I'd try it out.
Origin of different
Synonyms for differentSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for differentlyseparately, individually, variously, negatively, adversely, unusually, abnormally, antagonistically, antithetically, asymmetrically, conflictingly, contradictorily, contrarily, contrastingly, contrastively, discordantly, disparately, distinctively, divergently, diversely
Examples from the Web for differently
Contemporary Examples of differently
In 2007, Huckabee said he stood by these earlier remarks, but would phrase them differently.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
My pessimism leads me to fight harder, or try to understand how I can do it differently.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
I am not going to treat it any differently than I would a normal scene.Sotheby’s for Sex: The Problem with Auctioning Off Sex with A Porn Star
November 15, 2014
Dalbesio made it clear that Calvin Klein never labeled her “plus size,” nor treated her differently than the other waifish models.Let’s Get Rid of ‘Plus-Size’ for Good
November 12, 2014
Only she can take on roles—on stage, screen, or in public life—that will encourage people to see her differently.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of differently
Rima, incapable of understanding such a thing, took it differently.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
They turn up so differently from what we expected, when they turn up at all.The Gentleman From Indiana
How could it be but Charlie and I should be different, seeing we had fared so differently!Wilfrid Cumbermede
How differently did the Romans and the Greeks govern themselves?Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
She was clad, too, so differently from the general run of the villagers.The Law-Breakers
- partly or completely unlike
- not identical or the same; otherhe always wears a different tie
- out of the ordinary; unusual
late 14c., from Old French different (14c.), from Latin differentem (nominative differens) "differing, different," present participle of differre "to set apart" (see differ). Colloquial sense of "special" attested by 1912. Related: Differently.
In addition to the idioms beginning with different
- different as night and day
- different strokes for different folks
- horse of a different color
- kettle of fish, different
- march to a different drummer
- sing a different tune
- wear another (different) hat