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  1. badly matched; poorly arranged.
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Origin of ill-sorted

First recorded in 1685–95
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Historical Examples of ill-sorted

  • Indeed, he is a crowd—a crowd of alien and ill-sorted ancestors.

    Not Guilty

    Robert Blatchford

  • Madame Voss was certainly nearly twenty years younger than her husband, and yet the pair did not look to be ill-sorted.

  • He thought it to be unseasonable, ill-judged, and ill-sorted with the circumstances of all the parties.

  • With a heavier heart than that with which she reached it, Margaret leaves the bench and its ill-sorted occupants.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • The classes themselves are ill-sorted and often troublesome, and are usually unwieldy by reason of their size.

British Dictionary definitions for ill-sorted


  1. badly arranged or matched; ill-assorted
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