- any of the individual characters making up a font of type.
- characters of a particular font that are rarely used.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- evolve; develop; turn out: We'll just have to wait and see how things sort out.
- to put in order; clarify: After I sort things out here, I'll be able to concentrate on your problem.
- of a mediocre or poor kind: a tennis player of sorts.
- of one sort or another; of an indefinite kind.
- in low spirits; depressed.
- in poor health; indisposed; ill.
- in a bad temper; irritable: to be out of sorts because of the weather.
- Printing.short of certain characters of a font of type.
Origin of sort
Synonyms for sort
Related Words for sortkind, set, description, nature, character, style, number, lot, array, quality, cull, separate, catalogue, sift, categorize, comb, arrange, family, battery, batch
Examples from the Web for sort
Contemporary Examples of sort
Is it sort of evidence of the Gladwellian 10,000 hours theory?
I had enough experiences around languages that it just sort of happened.
When he was first incarcerated, he says some sort of paperwork snafu had him imprisoned under two different, but similar, names.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
But I trusted Tony Robbins could sort me out on both fronts.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
Luckily, Tor was prepared for this sort of assault, and has built-in defenses to protect against it.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of sort
But he had not done so, and she was glad he could be restrained and deliberate in that "breedy" sort of way.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It had grown much too cold to do without some sort of artificial covering.
She came down to breakfast singing the words in a sort of ecstasy.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Except for a very few words we do not know what sort of tongue it was.
There is no passion in your veins; it is only a sort of sympathetic selfishness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- of an inferior kind
- of an indefinite kind
- (adverb)in some way or other; as it were; rather
- (sentence substitute)used to express reservation or qualified assentI’m only joking. Sort of
Word Origin for sort
late 14c., from Old French sorte "class, kind," from Latin sortem (nominative sors) "lot; fate, destiny; share, portion; rank, category; sex, class, oracular response, prophecy," from PIE root *ser- (3) "to line up" (cf. Latin serere "to arrange, attach, join;" see series). The sense evolution in Vulgar Latin is from "what is allotted to one by fate," to "fortune, condition," to "rank, class, order." Out of sorts "not in usual good condition" is attested from 1620s, with literal sense of "out of stock."
see after a fashion (sort); all kinds (sorts) of; bad sort; it takes all sorts; kind (sort) of; nothing of the kind (sort); of sorts; out of sorts.