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  • adj. Irritable or somewhat unwell, with vague medical symptoms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell; unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.
  • n. with some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence, colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.


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  • a letter from her, ma'am, myself, but that I was rather out of sorts with her; for happening to meet her, the day as you went, walking on them Pantiles, with some of her quality binding, when I was not dressed out quite in my best becomes, she made as if she did not know me.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • … Margaret Thatcher seems to be out of sorts with the men both at NATO and the Economic Summit.

    Barbara Bush

  • Now Kohokumu was a bore, and I was squeamishly out of sorts with him for his volubleness, but I could not help admiring him as watched him go down.


  • I am very tired this evening, I have had a fatigueing day; the children have been out of sorts this whole week; Eva was tired and excited by her visit to Limerick and has scarcely recovered from it, while Loring was unfitted for study by his holiday.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.

  • She had seemed out of sorts for the past couple of days, but when I had mentioned this to Lea, she dismissed it as holiday grumps.

    Dreaming in French

  • Apparently not in the least tired or out of sorts because of the journey, he sat at his ease yarning with two men going to Cardwell.

    The Thorn Birds

  • A realization that put him severely out of sorts and sent him with Poplicola, the brothers Decidius Saxa, and Dellius to inspect the priest-kingdom of Ma at Comana, not far distant from Eusebeia Mazaca.

    Antony and Cleopatra


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