Definitions for otherwiseˈʌð ərˌwaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oth•er•wiseˈʌð ərˌwaɪz(adv.)

  1. under other circumstances.

  2. in another manner; differently:

    I refuse to believe otherwise.

  3. in other respects:

    an otherwise happy life.

  4. (conj.)or else:

    Button up your coat, otherwise you'll catch cold.

  5. (adj.)of a different kind.

  6. in different circumstances:

    An otherwise pleasure had become a chore.

Origin of otherwise:

bef. 900; ME; OE (on) ōthre wīsan (in) another manner

Princeton's WordNet

  1. otherwise(adverb)

    other than as supposed or expected

    "the outcome was otherwise"

  2. otherwise(adverb)

    in other respects or ways

    "he is otherwise normal"; "the funds are not otherwise available"; "an otherwise hopeless situation"

  3. differently, otherwise, other than(adverb)

    in another and different manner

    "very soon you will know differently"; "she thought otherwise"; "there is no way out other than the fire escape";

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. otherwise(adverb)ˈʌð ərˌwaɪz

    indicates an alternative to a situation

    You have to pay the fine; otherwise you'll go to jail.

  2. otherwiseˈʌð ərˌwaɪz

    indicates an opposite, a contrast, or a difference

    the one strong point in an otherwise weak team; I could see a tiny light, but otherwise everything was dark.; Jared Neely, otherwise known as "Dark Man"


  1. otherwise(Adverb)

    Differently, in another way.

    You may be right, but I think otherwise.

  2. otherwise(Adverb)

    In different circumstances; or else.

  3. otherwise(Adverb)

    In all other respects.

    He prayed to Neptune every day. Otherwise he behaved rationally.

  4. otherwise(Adjective)

    Other than supposed, different.

    He said he didnu2019t do it, but the evidence was otherwise.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'otherwise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1233

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'otherwise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #909

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'otherwise' in Adverbs Frequency: #115

Translations for otherwise

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in every other way except this

She has a big nose but otherwise she is very good-looking.

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