- 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.
Words nearby sort
Idioms for 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
OTHER WORDS FROM sort
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sortkind2 sort type (see usage note at kind2) (see usage note at type)
usage note for sort
Examples from the Web for sorter
This porch is my home, as you might say, seeing as how I'm sorter held down here.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
And perhaps if a gent like you, with whom I've been sorter free, Would—thank you!East and West: Poems|Bret Harte
As I telled you wot you wa—No, the's no sorter use your making fyces at me.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
Beg—beg pardon, sir, but did you—did you sorter strike me with a chair, sir?Mr. Hawkins' Humorous Adventures|Edgar Franklin
They tell me that Hallie's husband an' the Yankee was mighty nigh the same age, an' had a sorter favor.Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches|Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for sorter
- 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
Idioms and Phrases with sorter
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.