- ( RP, US ) IPA: /ɛls/, sometimes IPA: /ɛlts/
- Rhymes: -ɛls
- anybody else
- anyone else
- anyplace else
- anything else
- anywhere else
- everybody else
- everyone else
- everyplace else
- everything else
- or else
- For otherwise; or else .
- ( computing, in many programming languages and pseudocode ) but if the condition of the previous if clause is false, do the following .
- eels, lees, lese, seel, sele
- English -le
- Else a. & pron. [OE. & AS. elles otherwise, gen. sing. of an adj. signifying other; akin to OHG. elles otherwise, OSw. äljes, Sw. eljest, Goth. aljis, adj., other, L. alius, Gr. Cf. Alias, Alien.] Other; one or something beside; as, “Who else is coming? What else shall I give? Do you expect anything else?” “Bastards and else.” Shak.
☞ This word always follows its noun. It is usual to give the possessive form to else rather than to the substantive; as, somebody else's; no one else's. “A boy who is fond of somebody else's pencil case.” G. Eliot. “A suit of clothes like everybody else's.” Thackeray.
- Else, adv. & conj.
1. Besides; except that mentioned; in addition; as, “nowhere else; no one else.”
2. Otherwise; in the other, or the contrary, case; if the facts were different.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it. Ps. li. 16.
☞ After ‘or', else is sometimes used expletively, as simply noting an alternative. “Will you give thanks, . . . or else shall I?” Shak.
From Middle English, from Old English elles ( “other, otherwise, different” ), from Proto-Germanic *aljas "of another, of something else", genitive of *aljaz ( “other” ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elios, *al- ( “other”, pronoun ). Cognate with Old Frisian elles ( “other” ), Old High German elles, ellies ( “other” ), Danish eller ( “or” ), Danish ellers ( “otherwise” ), Swedish eljes, eljest ( “or else, otherwise” ), Norwegian elles ( “else, otherwise” ), Gothic ( aljis, “other” ), Latin alius ( “other, another” ), Ancient Greek ἄλλος ( állos ), αἶλος ( Arcadocypriot ), ( Modern Greek αλλιώς ( alliṓs, “otherwise, else” ) ) .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/05 23:41 UTC Version )
-else f .
Definition of else by GCIDE Dictionary