from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Badly matched.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. not well matched.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ill-assorted; ill-arranged; hence, ill-matched; ill-paired: as, an ill-sorted couple.
  • Ill-suited; ill-satisfied.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not easy to combine harmoniously


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  • The musings of the left today consist of an ill-sorted congeries of hopelessly inconsistent views much like old-line Anglican theology.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Evil of Leon Trotsky Revisited

  • Even these charms faded under the sufferings attendant on an ill-sorted match.

    My Aunt Margaret's Mirror

  • And by the time the ill-sorted cars cross the finish line near the U.S.

    Putting A Charge Back Into Driving

  • Very young she was not — having reached some years of her life in advance of thirty; but then, neither was the Honourable George very young; and in this respect the two were not ill-sorted.

    The Small House at Allington

  • Madame Voss was certainly nearly twenty years younger than her husband, and yet the pair did not look to be ill-sorted.

    The Golden Lion of Granpere

  • But I am not a professor with a mind like a warehouse, rich with the spoils of time, but a mere peddler, conscious of the janglings of an ill-sorted, ill-packed knapsack of unconsidered trifles.

    Tropic Days

  • Then I put my hands to my head where that whirling of ill-timed, ill-sorted odds and ends of learning started such a pain as I had felt upon my first coming to the Vupsall camp.

    Sorceress of the Witch World

  • And so the four ill-sorted people sat each at a different side of the table, with a long stretch of gold-decked and flower-laden cloth between them.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • "And certainly," adds his biographer, "I have seen a party composed of materials as ill-sorted as could possibly be imagined, drawn out and attracted together, till at last you would believe they had been born for each other."

    Conversation What to Say and How to Say it

  • There was plenty enough, but the dishes were ill-sorted; whole pyramids of sweetmeats for boys and women, but little of solid meat for men: all this proceeded not from any want of knowledge, but of judgment; neither did he want that in discerning the beauties and faults of other poets, but only indulged himself in the luxury of writing, and perhaps knew it was a fault, but hoped the reader would not find it.

    English literary criticism


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