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[sot] /sɒt/
a drunkard.
Origin of sot
before 1000; Middle English: fool, Old English sott < Medieval Latin sottus < ? Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sot
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  • And she sot off for the school-house that evenin' a-walkin' a foot.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • Maybe it's because I hain't hed much to do with 'em that I'm sot on 'em.

  • Wall, I sot down a minnit to think it over, and then the trouble commenced.

  • And she was sot and he was sotter, and at last they quarreled.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A feller gits sort of sot in his ways, and it's hard to give in to the other chap.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He took 'em all and sot down in the kitchen to look 'em over.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Putting the end over his shoulders, he compels the sot to come along.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
  • They was all sot on your being her sweetheart, except me and her––and Joe.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • The sot Percie died shortly after, according to the manner of his kind.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Ye see, old Black Hoss he was sot agin Elderkin 'cause he was poor.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for sot


a habitual or chronic drunkard
a person stupefied by or as if by drink
Derived Forms
sottish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English, from Medieval Latin sottus; compare French sot a fool


(Scot) indeed: used to contradict a negative statement: I am not! — You are sot!
Word Origin
a variant of so1, altered to rhyme with not
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Word Origin and History for sot

late Old English sott "stupid person, fool," from Old French sot, from Gallo-Romance *sott- (cf. Medieval Latin sottus, c.800), of uncertain origin, with cognates from Portugal to Germany. Surviving meaning "one who is stupefied with drink" first recorded 1590s. As a verb, it is attested from c.1200, but usually besot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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