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Synonyms of sort in English:


  • 1 what sort of book do you like reading?
    description, condition, calibre, quality, nature, manner, design, shape, form, pattern, group, set, bracket, genre, species, rank, genus, family, order, breed, race, strain, generation, vintage, make, model, brand, stamp, ilk, kidney, cast, grain, mould
    North American informal stripe
  • 2 informal he was a good sort
    man, woman, boy, girl
    informal fellow, chap, bloke, lad, guy, geezer, gent, kid, brat, character, type, beggar, cookie, customer
    British informal bod
    North American informal dude, hombre
    Australian informal bastard
    informal, dated body, dog
    British informal, dated cove
    British vulgar slang sod, bugger
    archaic wight
  • Phrases

    out of sorts
  • 1 she is feeling a bit out of sorts
    unwell, ill, poorly, bad, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out;
    British  off, off colour
    informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, not up to the mark, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy
    British informal grotty, ropy
    Scottish informal wabbit, peely-wally
    Australian/New Zealand informal crook
    dated seedy
  • 2 she may have been out of sorts but she meant every word
    British informal narky, ratty, eggy, stroppy, shirty
    North American informal peckish, sorehead, soreheaded
    Australian/New Zealand informal snaky
    informal, dated miffy
  • 3 Tim says you've been out of sorts and would like to have a chat
    British informal brassed off, cheesed off, browned off, peed off
    North American informal teed off, ticked off
    vulgar slang pissed off
  • sort of
  • 1 those people look sort of familiar
    somewhat, moderately, quite, rather, fairly, reasonably, comparatively, relatively, to a limited extent/degree, to a certain degree, to some extent
    informal pretty, kind of, kinda, ish
    [Antonyms] very
  • 2 then he sort of pirouetted and fell over
    as it were, in a (strange) kind of way, somehow
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  • 1 the children soon got the idea and sorted things of similar size and shape
    classify, class, categorize, catalogue, grade, rank, group, divide, sort out;
    organize, arrange, order, put in order, marshal, assemble, collocate, codify, tabulate, systematize, systemize, structure, pigeonhole;
    Medicine  triage
    rare methodize
  • 2 the problem with the port engine was soon sorted
    resolve, settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, find an answer to, fix, work out, straighten out, deal with, put right, set right, put to rights, rectify, iron out;
    answer, explain, fathom, unravel, disentangle, clarify, clear up, throw light on
  • Phrases

    sort something out
  • 1 she sorted out the clothes, some to be kept, some to be thrown away
    organize, arrange, sort, put in order, set in order, straighten out, marshal, dispose, lay out, regulate;
    rare methodize
  • 2 she started sorting out the lettuce from the spinach
    separate (out), pick out, divide, isolate, remove, segregate, sift, sieve, weed out, winnow;
    keep apart;
    put to one side
  • 3 the teacher helps the children to sort out their problems See sense 2 of the verb
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