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Etymology 1[edit]

From other +‎ -ly.


otherly (comparative more otherly, superlative most otherly)

  1. Pertaining to something or someone else; different.
    • 1989, John R. Seeley, Community chest: a case study in philanthropy:
      As against this "otherly" and warlike definition, there occurs and recurs, both in the public relations literature and in the serious discussion of policy, a more "brotherly" and peaceful set of themes, parallel to those which permit [...]
    • 2000, Phoebe Eng, Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey Into Power:
      [...] sense of cultural pride, we have become fixated on the only apparent characteristic that labels us as otherly.
  2. Pertaining or directed toward others; otherish.
    • 2011, Ed Cook, Just a Thought:
      He has no needs or wants that are not met within the eternal community of otherly love known as the triune Godhead of Father, Son, and Spirit. God doesn't need us.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English otherliche, from Old English ōþerlīċe (otherwise, differently), equivalent to other +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Saxon ōþarlīk, Old High German andarlīh, Icelandic annarligur, Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌸𐌰𐍂𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌺𐍉 (anþarleikō, otherwise).


otherly (comparative more otherly, superlative most otherly)

  1. (nonstandard) Otherwise; differently.