a drunkard.

Nearby words

  1. sosatie,
  2. soseki,
  3. sosnowiec,
  4. sostenuto,
  5. sostenuto pedal,
  6. soter,
  7. soteriological,
  8. soteriology,
  9. sothern,
  10. sothic

Origin of sot

before 1000; Middle English: fool, Old English sott < Medieval Latin sottus < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sots




a habitual or chronic drunkard
a person stupefied by or as if by drink
Derived Formssottish, adjective

Word Origin for sot

Old English, from Medieval Latin sottus; compare French sot a fool




Scot indeed: used to contradict a negative statementI am not! — You are sot!

Word Origin for sot

a variant of so 1, altered to rhyme with not

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Word Origin and History for sots



late Old English sott "stupid person, fool," from Old French sot, from Gallo-Romance *sott- (cf. Medieval Latin sottus, c.800), of uncertain origin, with cognates from Portugal to Germany. Surviving meaning "one who is stupefied with drink" first recorded 1590s. As a verb, it is attested from c.1200, but usually besot.

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