- 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.
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
usage note for sort
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Example sentences from the Web for sort
Is it sort of evidence of the Gladwellian 10,000 hours theory?Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness |Marlow Stern |January 7, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
I had enough experiences around languages that it just sort of happened.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness |Marlow Stern |January 7, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
When he was first incarcerated, he says some sort of paperwork snafu had him imprisoned under two different, but similar, names.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside |Justin Rohrlich |January 3, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
But I trusted Tony Robbins could sort me out on both fronts.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You? |Lizzie Crocker |December 29, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Luckily, Tor was prepared for this sort of assault, and has built-in defenses to protect against it.The Attack on the Hidden Internet |Marc Rogers |December 29, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Very true it is that proof of the sort desired is often impossible; but it is obtained sometimes.The Problems of Psychical Research |Hereward Carrington
And then—well, I happen to forget what sort of a day this particular day turned into, about six of the clock.
You know, looking after the stores and all that sort of thing.The War-Workers |E.M. Delafield
Lancken stiffened perceptibly at this suggestion and refused, frankly, saying that he could not do anything of the sort.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium |Hugh Gibson
I suppose it is a sort of nemesis of wit; the skidding of a wheel in the height of its speed.George Bernard Shaw |Gilbert K. Chesterton
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, adjective sortably, adverb sorter, noun
Word Origin for sort
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.