Origin of else
British Dictionary definitions for or else
determiner (postpositive; used after an indefinite pronoun or an interrogative)
- if not, thengo away or else I won't finish my work today
- or something terrible will result: used as a threatsit down, or else!
Word Origin for else
Idioms and Phrases with or else (1 of 2)
Otherwise, in different circumstances, as in Present your case now, or else you won't have a chance. [c. 1300]
Regardless of any extenuating circumstances, no matter what, as in Be there on time or else! [Second half of 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with or else (2 of 2)
see in someone's (else's) shoes; or else; something else; something else again.