out of sorts

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sawrt]
    • /sɔrt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sawrt]
    • /sɔrt/

Definitions of out of sorts words

  • noun out of sorts a particular kind, species, variety, class, or group, distinguished by a common character or nature: to develop a new sort of painting; nice people, of course, but not really our sort. 1
  • noun out of sorts character, quality, or nature: young people of a nice sort. 1
  • noun out of sorts an example of something that is undistinguished or barely adequate: He is a sort of poet. 1
  • noun out of sorts manner, fashion, or way: We spoke in this sort for several minutes. 1
  • noun out of sorts Printing. any of the individual characters making up a font of type. characters of a particular font that are rarely used. 1
  • noun out of sorts an instance of sorting. 1

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Origin of out of sorts

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; (noun) Middle English < Middle French sorte < Medieval Latin sort- (stem of sors) kind, allotted status or portion, lot, Latin: orig., voter's lot; (v.) Middle English sorten to allot, arrange, assort (< Middle French sortir) < Latin sortīrī to draw lots, derivative of sors; later senses influenced by the noun and by assort

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Parts of speech for Out of sorts


out of sorts popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

out of sorts usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for out of sorts

adj out of sorts

  • bearish — On the stock market, if there is a bearish mood, prices are expected to fall. Compare bullish.
  • beefing — the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
  • bummed — depressed, upset, distressed, annoyed, etc.
  • cranky — If you describe ideas or ways of behaving as cranky, you disapprove of them because you think they are strange.
  • disagreeable — contrary to one's taste or liking; unpleasant; offensive; repugnant.

adjective out of sorts

  • crabbed — surly; irritable; perverse
  • cross — If you cross something such as a room, a road, or an area of land or water, you move or travel to the other side of it. If you cross to a place, you move or travel over a room, road, or area of land or water in order to reach that place.
  • ill — of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick: She felt ill, so her teacher sent her to the nurse.
  • whiny — complaining; fretful; cranky: The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.
  • wrecker — a person or thing that wrecks.

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