[ uhth -er ]
/ ˈʌð ər /
additional or further: he and one other person.
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.
different in nature or kind: I would not have him other than he is.
being the remaining one of two or more: the other hand.
(used with plural nouns) being the remaining ones of a number: the other men; some other countries.
former; earlier: sailing ships of other days.
not long past: the other night.
the other one: Each praises the other.
(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.
Usually others. other persons or things: others in the medical profession.
some person or thing else: Surely some friend or other will help me.
otherwise; differently (usually followed by than): We can't collect the rent other than by suing the tenant.
verb (used with object)
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.
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every other, every alternate: a meeting every other week.
Origin of other
before 900; Middle English; Old English ōther (pronoun, adj., and noun); cognate with German ander, Gothic anthar; akin to Sanskrit antara-
Definition for every other (2 of 2)
[ ev-ree ]
/ ˈɛv ri /
being one of a group or series taken collectively; each: We go there every day.
all possible; the greatest possible degree of: every prospect of success.
1. See each.
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British Dictionary definitions for every other (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɛvrɪ) /
each one (of the class specified), without exceptionevery child knows it
(not used with a negative) the greatest or best possibleevery hope of success
each: used before a noun phrase to indicate the recurrent, intermittent, or serial nature of a thingevery third day; every now and then; every so often
every bit (used in comparisons with as) quite; just; equallyevery bit as funny as the other show
every other each alternate; every secondevery other day
every which way
- in all directions; everywhereI looked every which way for you
- US and Canadian from all sidesstones coming at me every which way
Word Origin for every
C15 everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each
British Dictionary definitions for every other (2 of 2)
/ (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
(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
additional; furtherthere are no other possibilities
(preceded by every) alternate; twoit buzzes every other minute
- apart from; besidesa lady other than his wife
- different fromhe couldn't be other than what he is Archaic form: other from
no other archaic nothing elseI can do no other
or other (preceded by a phrase or word with some) used to add vagueness to the preceding pronoun, noun, noun phrase, or adverbsome dog or other bit him; he's somewhere or other
other things being equal conditions being the same or unchanged
the other day a few days ago
the other thing an unexpressed alternative
anothershow me one other
(plural) additional or further onesthe police have found two and are looking for others
(usually used with a negative and foll by than) otherwise; differentlythey couldn't behave other than they do
Word Origin for other
Old English ōther; related to Old Saxon āthar, ōthar, Old High German andar
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Idioms and Phrases with every other (1 of 3)
Every second one in a series, as in I'm supposed to take this pill every other day. [c. 1400]
Idioms and Phrases with every other (2 of 3)
In addition to the idioms beginning with every
- every bit
- every cloud has a silver lining
- every dog has its day
- every inch
- every last one
- every little bit helps
- every man for himself
- every man has his price
- every minute counts
- every nook and cranny
- every now and then
- every other
- every single one
- every so often
- every time one turns around
- every Tom, Dick, and Harry
- every which way
- at every turn
- each and every
- finger in the (every) pie
- living soul, every
- nook and cranny, every
Idioms and Phrases with every other (3 of 3)
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
- 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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