- 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.
- sorrows of young werther, the,
- sort code,
- sort out,
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But I trusted Tony Robbins could sort me out on both fronts.
Luckily, Tor was prepared for this sort of assault, and has built-in defenses to protect against it.
Very true it is that proof of the sort desired is often impossible; but it is obtained sometimes.The Problems of Psychical Research|Hereward Carrington
You know, looking after the stores and all that sort of thing.The War-Workers|E.M. Delafield
And then—well, I happen to forget what sort of a day this particular day turned into, about six of the clock.
Lancken stiffened perceptibly at this suggestion and refused, frankly, saying that he could not do anything of the sort.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium|Hugh Gibson
I suppose it is a sort of nemesis of wit; the skidding of a wheel in the height of its speed.George Bernard Shaw|Gilbert K. Chesterton
- 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."
mid-14c., "to arrange according to type or quality," from Old French sortir "allot, sort, assort," from Latin sortiri "draw lots, divide, choose," from sors (see sort (n.)). In some senses, the verb is a shortened form of assort.
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.