from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In another way; differently: She thought otherwise.
  • adv. Under other circumstances: Otherwise I might have helped.
  • adv. In other respects: an otherwise logical mind.
  • adj. Other than supposed; different: The evidence is otherwise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Differently, in another way.
  • adv. In different circumstances; or else.
  • adv. In all other respects.
  • adj. Other than supposed, different.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a different manner; in another way, or in other ways; differently; contrarily.
  • adv. In other respects.
  • adv. In different circumstances; under other conditions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a different manner or way; differently.
  • By other means; from other causes; on other terms.
  • In other respects; under other circumstances; in a different case.
  • Else; but for the reason indicated.
  • On the other hand.
  • Different; of a different kind or character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in other respects or ways
  • adj. other than as supposed or expected
  • adv. in another and different manner


Middle English, from Old English (on) ōthere wīsan, (in) another manner : ōthre, dative of ōther, other + wīsan, dative of wīse, manner; see wise2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
other +‎ -wise (Wiktionary)



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  • this is because, i once new a swedish guy who would pronounce this word as "udderwize".

    May 21, 2008