- any of the individual characters making up a font of type.
- characters of a particular font that are rarely used.
Idioms about sort
- 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
usage note for sort
OTHER WORDS FROM sort
How to use sort in a sentence
Cook posted, amended, then deleted a sort-of apology over the controversy and refused all interviews.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc|Brandy Zadrozny|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 1989 picture is remembered for the acclaimed (and sort-of-creepy, to be real for a moment) Disney family film that it is.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most of the witnesses had heard or seen something, sort-of; several were elderly, many roused from sleep.The Myth of the Central Park Five|Edward Conlon|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Feel free to use this sort-of-sad break up as a practice run for the sure-to-be-devastating demise of Bey and Jay.Nick Cannon’s Not a Gigolo, But He Had Sex with Kim Kardashian|Amy Zimmerman|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first shot of his face is sort-of a peek-a-boo in between bouts of administering some, um, oral pleasure.‘True Blood’ Star Ryan Kwanten Looks Back on Jason Stackhouse’s Craziest Scenes|Kevin Fallon|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There wasn't any use trying to tell things how they really were to Paul, because to him things weren't ever sort-of-but-not-quite.The Brimming Cup|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Why,-sister,-I-am-so troubled-about-our-house-of-worship-that my-memory-is-sort-of-affected-that-quick.Overshadowed|Sutton E. Griggs
He put me on to all those Journals and things, and—after—well, I sort-of keep it up.A Case in Camera|Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for sort
- 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
Derived forms of sortsortable, adjectivesortably, adverbsorter, noun
Word Origin for sort
Other Idioms and Phrases with sort
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.