out of sorts


Irritable, grouchy, as in Don't ask him today—he's out of sorts. This expression also implies that one's poor spirits result from feeling slightly ill. [Early 1600s] The synonym out of humor, on the other hand, used more in Britain than America, simply means “ill-tempered” or “irritable.” [Mid-1600s]

Words Nearby out of sorts

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How to use out of sorts in a sentence

  • Priscilla in her interest had forgotten all about being out-of-sorts.

  • I know I am sick, that I am irritable and out-of-sorts sometimes.

    Those Times And These | Irvin S. Cobb
  • "A little out-of-sorts," she answered, dropping her eyes before his gaze.

    The Quiver 12/1899 | Anonymous
  • Any one could see that she was rather out-of-sorts, excited and reckless and all that.

    The Beauty | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • When Clint's final recitation of the day was over at three he was out-of-sorts and depressed.

    Left Tackle Thayer | Ralph Henry Barbour