Out of sorts
Sort Sort, n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors, sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere to connect. See {Series}, and cf. {Assort}, {Consort}, {Resort}, {Sorcery}, {Sort} lot.] 1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems. [1913 Webster]

2. Manner; form of being or acting. [1913 Webster]

Which for my part I covet to perform, In sort as through the world I did proclaim. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor seen well by those that wear them. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

I'll deceive you in another sort. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To Adam in what sort Shall I appear? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some sort I have copied his style. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.] ``A sort of shepherds.'' --Spenser. ``A sort of steers.'' --Spenser. ``A sort of doves.'' --Dryden. ``A sort of rogues.'' --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

A boy, a child, and we a sort of us, Vowed against his voyage. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

5. A pair; a set; a suit. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered. [1913 Webster]

{Out of sorts} (Print.), with some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence, colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.

{To run upon sorts} (Print.), to use or require a greater number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an index. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Kind; species; rank; condition.

Usage: {Sort}, {Kind}. Kind originally denoted things of the same family, or bound together by some natural affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere assemblage. the two words are now used to a great extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we say, that sort of people, that sort of language. [1913 Webster]

As when the total kind Of birds, in orderly array on wing, Came summoned over Eden to receive Their names of there. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

None of noble sort Would so offend a virgin. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • out of sorts — {adj. phr.} In an angry or unhappy mood; in a bad temper; grouchy. * /Mary was out of sorts and wouldn t say good morning./ * /Bob was out of sorts because he didn t get a bicycle for his birthday./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of sorts — {adj. phr.} In an angry or unhappy mood; in a bad temper; grouchy. * /Mary was out of sorts and wouldn t say good morning./ * /Bob was out of sorts because he didn t get a bicycle for his birthday./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Out of sorts — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out of sorts — If you are feeling a bit upset and depressed, you are out of sorts …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • out of sorts — index petulant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • out of sorts — ► out of sorts slightly unwell or unhappy. Main Entry: ↑sort …   English terms dictionary

  • out of sorts — 1 I m feeling out of sorts: UNWELL, ill, poorly, sick, queasy, nauseous, peaky, run down, below par; Brit. off colour; …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of sorts —    If you are feeling a bit upset and depressed, you are out of sorts.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If someone is out of sorts, they are upset and irritable or not feeling well.     The baby is out of sorts today. Perhaps he s cutting… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • out\ of\ sorts — adj. phr. In an angry or unhappy mood; in a bad temper; grouchy. Mary was out of sorts and wouldn t say good morning. Bob was out of sorts because he didn t get a bicycle for his birthday …   Словарь американских идиом

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