1540s, from else + -wise.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for elsewise

Historical Examples of elsewise

  • But elsewise, generally speaking, it appeared to give satisfaction.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Happy art thou to have come to me with this thing, elsewise a great mischief might have befallen thee.

  • Then I thanked God that he was dead, knowing how impossible it would have been elsewise for me to stay my hand.

    The Way of a Man

    Emerson Hough

  • Oh, how I love ye two, that yet can make me lively hate, in a world which elsewise only merits stagnant scorn!

  • Yet in a day or two I grew used to all this, and I have naught but good to say of Caerleon elsewise.

    A King's Comrade

    Charles Whistler