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

  • adj. Stupefied from or as if from drink.
  • adj. Tending to drink excessively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. alcoholic, drinking heavily
  • adj. drunk
  • adj. foolish, stupid, senseless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a sot; doltish; very foolish; drunken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a sot; having the character of a sot.

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

  • adj. given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol


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  • For this we have been called a sottish, an insatiable, and tumultuous people -- and to punish us for this offence the world has been told we deserve all those horrible calamities which, year after year, since that time have been inflicted on us!

    The Causes of the Rebellion in Ireland Disclosed In an Address to the People of England, in Which It Is Proved by Incontrovertible Facts, That the System for Some Years Pursued in That Country, Has Driven It into Its Present Dreadful Situation

  • After the spirit of Covetousness has secured the bounties and luxuries of this life, the "sottish" Ahaz (Possessor) turns to the worship of Rimmon (Pomegranate), a god of agriculture and the fit representative of Gluttony.

    Milton's Angels

  • Elsewhere, an army of male admirers, with their expressions of longing for sottish outbursts and fleshy curves in slips, echoes not only Paglia's wonderful 1992 essay on "pre-feminist" Taylor, "Hollywood's Pagan Queen", but the lamentations of the officially flesh-hating Vogue, which now declares that the woman, with all her absurd rocks, furs and white hotpants, is a fashion icon as well as a sex siren.

    The strange case of Liz Taylor as a 'real woman' role model | Catherine Bennett

  • In 1875 a wag had nicknamed the Monstrumarium, in a fit of sottish wit, “the Beastie Bin,” and the name had stuck.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • If you would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with you. '

    Sole Music

  • There'd have been no talk of roasted fags or expulsion for sottish behaviour, either.


  • The [6533] Parthians of old were so sottish in this kind, they would rather lose a victory, nay lose their own lives, than fight in the night, 'twas against their religion.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Nullam virtus respuit staturam, virtue refuseth no stature, and commonly your great vast bodies, and fine features, are sottish, dull, and leaden spirits.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [3647] Aeneas Sylvius adds, they are most part miserable, sottish, and filthy fellows, like the walls of their houses, fair without, foul within.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Seeing men are so fickle, so sottish, so intemperate, why should not I laugh at those to whom [254] folly seems wisdom, will not be cured, and perceive it not?

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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