1 [with indefinite pronoun or adverb] in addition; besides:anything else you need to know?I just brought basics—I wasn’t sure what else you’d wantthey will offer low prices but little else
2 [with indefinite pronoun or adverb] different; instead:isn’t there anyone else you could ask?they took songs owned by someone else and used them without permissionthey moved on to somewhere elseit’s fate, destiny, or whatever else you like to call it
3short for .
used to introduce the second of two alternatives:she felt tempted either to shout at him or else to let his tantrums slide by
in circumstances different from those mentioned; if it were not the case:they can’t want it, or else they’d request it
used to warn what will happen if something is not carried out:you go along with this or else you’re going to jail
used as a warning or a threat:she’d better shape up, or else
Old Englishelles, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch els and Swedish eljest