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  1. a drunkard.
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Origin of sot

before 1000; Middle English: fool, Old English sott < Medieval Latin sottus < ?
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Related Words for sots

sponge, alcoholic, tippler, drunk, lush, inebriate, boozer, wino, drinker, carouser, guzzler, dipsomaniac

Examples from the Web for sots

Historical Examples of sots

  • These sots see nothing in their wassal-bowl, but the wine and its spices.

    The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 1 (of 4)

    Jane Porter

  • Sech sights as I see yesterday is 'nuff to unsettle anybody as sots dar heart on de tings ob dis worl'.

  • The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are easily amused.

  • That sots her down, an' she holds good enough to stay in till I ram the muzzle inter ha'r an' let go.

    The Covered Wagon

    Emerson Hough

  • There is very nearly an absolute certainty of success in the method for making clowns, sots, vagabonds, and ruffians.

British Dictionary definitions for sots


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

Word Origin for sot

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


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