- 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
verb (tr, adverb)
- 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.